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Full text of "Minutes of the Green River Baptist Association"

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 

THE Z. SMITH REYNOLDS LIBRARY 




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MINUTES 



OF THE 






Forty-Third Annual Session 



OF THE 



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Baptist Association, 



HELD WITH THE 



WHITE OAK BAPTIST CHURCH, POLK COUNTY, I. C, 



September 29th to October 2nd, 1881. 



RALEIGH : 
Edwards, Broughton & Co., Steam Printers and Binders, 

1S81. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



Forty-Third Annual Session 



OF THE 



GJ-IFLIElIElXr I=LI-VE3I=L 



Baptist Association, 



HELD WITH THE 



WHITE OAK BAPTIST CHURCH, POLK COUNTY, N. C, 

September 29th to October 2nd, 1881. 



RALEIGH : 
Edwards, Broughton & Co., Steam Printers and Binders, 

1881. 



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Ordained Minister §4 



Elder C, C. CASE,.... ...White Oak Hall, 

J. K.DENTON Dysartsville, 

F. M. FREEMAN Logan's Store, 

J. C GRAYSON u < ......Bridgewater, 

TV, HARRILL .....Burnt Chimney, 

H. D. HARRILL " 

F. C. HAMRICK Rutherfordton, 

C. B. JUSTICE.... 

T. B. JUSTICE Mill Spring, 

W. H. LOGAN Grassy Knob, 

A. O. LYNCH Green Hill, 

L McCURRY Dysartsville, 

J. T. McFADIN „ Rutherfordton, 

A. McMAHAN Burnt Chimney, 

J.H.TAYLOR .....Otter Creek, 

J. F. PENDERGRASS Marion, 

E. L. TAYLOR ,...,,. .Rutherfordton, 

J. WILKIE 

J. H. YARBORO Burnt Chimney, 

A. T. JONES... .Poor's Ford, 



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Licentiates. 



t). B. Harrill i Rutherfordton, 

J. M. Taylor Rutherfordton, 

B. E. Pintuff Logan's Store, 

J. R. Pendergras Marion, 

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PROCEEDINGS. 



Thursday, September 29th, 1881. 

The Green River Association met this day in its forty-third annual 
session with the church at White Oak, Polk county, N. C. 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder C. B. Justice from 
the text, *' Honor the Lord with thy substance," &c , after which the 
Association took a recess for forty minutes. 

Afternoon Session. 

The Association was led in prayer by Elder J. G. Landrum, and was 
called to order by Elder T. B, Justice, the Moderator. 

In the absence of the Clerk, Bro. J. W. Morgan was appointed Clerk 
pro tern. 

Elder J. T. McFadin and M. H. Justice were appointed reading clerks. 

The letters from the churches were read and names of delegates en- 
rolled as follows : 

First District : 

White Oak— Martin Jones, William Reid, O. I. Nelson, J. C. Waldrop. 

Silver Greek — Rev. John Holbert, Brethren J. M. Hamilton, J. New- 
man, James Jackson. 

Stone Mountain— -J '. W. Halford, A. W„ Quinn. 

Cooper's Gap — Elder J. H. Taylor, Brethren H. K. Corn, J. Laughter, 
A. Dimsdale, H. H. Gibbs, W. E. Mills. 

Rock Spring— H.. Portrum, N. P. Whiteside, Elder A. O. Lynch. 

Bill's Creek— Elder W. H. Logan, J. F. Logan, E. P. Cole, J. G. 
Dalton. Jerry Jackson. 

Pleasant Hill— Elder J. T. MoFadin, A. P. Hill, A. J. Scoggin. 

Shiloh— Elder A. T. Jones, William McDonald, D. J, Culbreath, John 
Abrams. 

Green River — L. B. Hines, J. I. Ridings. 

Second District: 

MontforoVs Cove — J. W. Morgan, J. A. Wilkerson, 

Bethlehem-^. W. Ross, N. C. Jones. 

Zion Hill — No delegation. 

Buck Creek — No delegation. 

Finey Knob—W. B. McEntire, A, W. Elliott. 

DysarUville—W . S. Walker, S. M. Davis. 

Bethel — No delegation. 

Round Hill — L. L. Deck, I. P. Sorrells, A- Nanney. 

Mountain Creek — George Flack, M. M. Lovelace, J. F. Edwards,, . 

Cherry Springs — No delegation. 

Third District : 

Mt. Zion — William Coudry, William Brackett. , 

Head First Broad — No delegation. 

Mt. Lebanon — W. L. Toms, J. P. Digh, Jos. Fortune. 

Cane Creek — No delegation. 

Gamp Creek — B. Biggerstaff, G. M. Freeman, 



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Mt. Vernon — H. B. Wilson, J. G. Logan, R. G. Freeman. 

Butherfordton — Elders T. B. Justice, E. L. Taylor, 0. B. Justice, and 
Brethren G. J. Allen, M. H. Justice. 

Cool Springs — Elders J. H. Yarboro, H. D. Harrill, Brethren M. J. 
Harrill, J. B. Blanton. 

Mt. Pleasant— -Elder A. McMahan, Brethren B. McMahan, W. S. Hill. 

Floyd's Creek — Thomas Harris, G. Kennady. 

An invitation was extended to newly constituted churches and churches 
having letters of dismission from other Associations to join this Associa- 
tion. 

Columbus church presented a letter of dismission from the Spartanburg 
Association, and on motion, she was received and her delegates enrolled, 
to-wit : G. B. Hampton and James Ridings. 

Chimney Rock church presented a letter of dismission from the Tran- 
sylvania Association, and on motion, she was received and her delegates 
enrolled, to-wit : W. H. Early and W. M. Henderson. 

Big Level, a newly organized church, presented a letter and was re- 
ceived, and her delegates enrolled, to-wit : L. Cowart, B. F. Wilson. 

Holly Springs, a newly constituted church, presented a letter and 
asked admission into the Association. The matter was, on motion, re- 
ferred to Elders J. H. Yarboro, W. H. Harrill and A. McMahan, a cora- 
mttee to report to-morrow morning. 

The Association then proceeded to the election of officers, which re- 
sulted as follows : 

For Moderator, Elder J. H. Yarboro-. For Clerk, M. H. Justice. 

Corresponding Messengers were enrolled as follows : 

King's Mountain Association. — 

Broad River.— Elders J. M. Williams, W. T. Tate, and Brother J. W. 
Quinn. 

Salem. — 

An invitation was extended by the Moderator to visitors and accepted 
by Elder J. G. Landrum, of the Spartansburg Association, and Joseph 
A. Green, of the King's Mountain Association. 

The Moderator appointed a committee on Order of Business as follows: 
Elders T. B. Justice, H. D. Harrill and C. B. Justice. On motion, the 
Moderator and Clerk were added to the committee. 

After prayer by Elder W. T. Tate, the Association adjourned to meet 
at 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Tuesday, September 30th, 1881. 

The Association met pursuant to yesterday's adjournment, and after 
30 minutes' devotional exercises, conducted by Elder J. T. McFadin, the 
Association was called to order by the Moderator. The roll was called 
and the proceedings of yesterday were read. 

The committee to report on Holly Springs church made the following 
report : 

We, your committee appointed to examine the standing of the newly 
constituted Holly Springs church, submit the following : 

By reference to the delegates of said church and W. McDaniel, a dea- 
con of Shiloh church, who was one of the Presbytery at the constitution 
of Holly Springs church, we find that the Presbytery consisted of Elder 
iF. C. Hamrick and Brethren W. P. Abrams, C. J. Sparks and W. M. 
McDaniel from Shiloh church, and J. M. Hester and Henry Blanton 



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from Green Eiver church. They also state that the constitution and 
rules of Shiloh church were adopted by the Holly Springs church. 

We therefore recommend that the Holly Springs church be received 
into this Association. J. H. Yarboro, Chairman. 

On motion, the report was adopted and the delegates enrolled, to-wit : 
W. R. Steadman and Pinkney Henson. 
The Committee on Order of Business reported as follows : 

1. That the Association meet at 9 a.m. each day and adjourn at 11 a. 
m. Meet at 1 p. m. and adjourn at 4 p. m. 

2. Call the roll. 

3. Read proceedings of yesterday. 

4. Read Constitution, Abstract of Principles and Rules of Order. 

5. Call for reports of committees. 

6. Appoint Corresponding Messengers. 

7. Appoint Union meetings an! ministers to attend. 

8. Consider education as a qualification to be required in the ordina- 
tion of a minister. 

9. Consider ministerial education and the obligation on churches 
thereto. 

10. Appoint time and place for next Association. 

11. Appoint minister to preach the next Introductory Sermon, 
a 12. Elect preachers for Sabbath. 

13. Appoint delegates to the Baptist State Convention. *' 

T. B. Justice, Chairman. 

The Associational Covenant and Rules of Decorum were read. 
The Moderator announced the following committees : 

Finance. — H. Portrum, H. B. Wilson, J. B. Blanton. 
Temperance. — L. L. Deck, J. M. Hamilton, Elder J. T. McFadin. 
Sunday Schools. — M. H. Justice, Elder H. D. Harrill, J. G. Laughter. 
Foreign Missions. — Elders T. B. Justice, J. H. Taylor, A. T. Jones. 
State Missions. — Elders C. B. Justice, W. H. Logan, Bro. O. I. Nelson. 
Religious Exercises. — Pastor and deacons of White Oak church. 
Periodicals.— Elders W. T. Tate, J. M. Williams, Bro. J. W. Morgan. 
Education.— Elder J. G. Landrum, Bros. J. A. Green, W. H. Justice. 

On motion, the order of business was suspended and Corresponding 
Messengers appointed as follows : 

To King's Mountain, (with Bethel church, Friday before 4th Sunday 
in September, 1882). Elders J. T. McFadin, J. H. Yarboro, H. D. Har- 
rill, Brothers J. B. Blanton, L. L. Deck, M. H. Justice. 

Broad River, (with Grassy Pond church, Friday before 2nd Sunday in 
September, 1882), Elders J. H. Yarboro, A. T. Jones, F. C. Hamrick, 
A. McMahan, Brothers O, I. Nelson, John^Abrams, J. A. Thorne, M. H. 
Justice. 

Salem, (Hominy church, Tuesday before 1st Sunday in September, 
1882), Elders John Holbert, T. B. Justice, J. H. Taylor, Brothers J. M. 
Hamilton, William Early. 

Catawba River. — Elders J. C. Grayson, J. R. Denton. 

At 11 o'clock the Association took a recess until 2 p. m. 

Sermon by Elder J. G. Landrum from the text, "Mary hath chosen 
that good part," &c. 



6 Minutes of the 

Afternoon Session. 

The Association was called to order by the Moderator, 
the stand by Elder W. T. Tate. 
The committee on Sunday Schools made the following report, viz : 

"Your committee, in obedience to the will of the Association, beg 
leave to report. The Sunday School interest is manifestly growing in 
this Association. The Sunday School Convention has been of great ben- 
efit in arousing an interest in this department. Our churches now seem 
to need no argument to convince them of the necessity of Sunday Schools, 
but what is now necessary is to find out the best mode of conducting a 
Sunday School and of keeping it alive. We recommend to our Sunday 
School workers and to all the members of our churches, that they have in 
view as their controlling idea the bringing of people to Christ, and with 
a proper zeal for that object, our inquiries will lead us to a judicious and 
successful management of the Sunday Schools. 

We earnestly recommend that the Sunday School Convention be fos- 
tered, and that brethren attend it and give it their hearty support. 
Respectfully submitted, 

M. H. Justice, 
H. D. Harrell, 
J. G. Laughter, 

Committee. 

After remarks by Elders J. T. McFadin, H. D. Harrill, Brethren L. L. 
Deck, J. M. Hamilton, H. B. Wilson and M. H. Justice, the report was 
adopted. 

The Finance committee made the following report : 

Your committee on Finance report thirty- five dollars and ninety-five 
cents sent up by the churches for minutes, and recommend that the Clerk 
be allowed eight dollars for his services, to include furnishing blank 
printed letters for each church, as adopted in the last Association. 

H. PORTRUM, 
J. B. Blanton, 
H. B. Wilson, 

Committee. 

On motion, the Clerk was instructed to have the proceedings of the 
Sunday School Convention printed with the miuutes. 

On motion, the next Union meeting was appointed to be held with 
Cool Springs Church, on Thursday before the fifth Sunday in July, 1882, 
and Elders' H. D. Harrill, A. McMahan, C. B. Justice, J. H. Yarboro, T. 
B. Justice and Wm. Harrill appointed to attend it. 

Adjourned until to-morrow morning nine o'clock. 



Saturday Morning, 9 O'clock. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. 

After thirty minutes' devotional exercises conducted by Elder J. H. 
Yarboro, the Association was called to order by the Moderator. 
Proceedings of yesterday were read and the roll of delegates called. 
The committee on Religious Literature made the following report : 

Your committee on Religious Literature beg leave to submit the fol- 
lowing report : 
In this age of cheap periodical literature, our people must and will 



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read something. Few families are without a newspaper of some kind. 
How important then that we select that which will make us wiser and 
better. We are sorry to learn from the reports of the churches that 
there are so few who take any religious newspaper. We earnestly recom- 
mend the Biblical Kecorder, the organ of the Baptist State Conven- 
tion of North Carolina. Every Baptist family should take it; it is the 
oldest Baptist weekly published in the State. None can read it and re- 
main indifferent to the great work of the denomination. 

We highly recommend to our Brethren the Foreign Mission Journal, the 
organ of the Foreign Mission Board. This is a cheap and valuable paper, 
giving us the intelligence from the Foreign Mission fields. We also warmly 
recommend Kind Words as a valuable aid to the Sunday Schools. The 
Baptist Telescope, published at Hendersonville, N. C, we commend to 
our brethren as a cheap and valuable paper. 
Kespectf ully submitted, 

W. T. Tate, 
J. W. Morgan, 
J. M. Williams, 

Committee, 

After full discussion by Elders T. B. Justice, J. H. Taylor, H. D. Har- 
rill and Bro. H. Portrum, the report was unanimously adopted. 
The report on Temperance was read as follows : 

Former years have been years of the discussion and establishment of 
principles among the few ; but the present has witnessed extensively 
their discussion and non-reception throughout the land. It may now be 
safety affirmed that the useless and uniformly destructive character of 
alcohol as a beverage, whatever guise it may wear ; its existence in fer- 
mented as well as in distilled liquors, and that intoxicating principle 
which has in this country been the chief cause of drunkenness, is not the 
product of creation, nor is it the result of any living process in nature. 
The animal kingdom, in all its vast variety of existence, saith, "it is not 
in me f and the vegetable kingdom responds, "it is not in me." It 
cannot be found, and it does not exist, among all the living works of 
God. The fact that no drunkard can be reformed and saved but in total 
abstinence from all that intoxicates ; that children and youth form 
habits of intemperance from the use of the milder stimulants ; that each 
class of the community must sacrifice its own intoxicating beverage if 
they would operate upon other classes, and that such only as renounce 
the whole can clear their skirts of responsibility in relation to this terri- 
ble evil, are each operating to a disuse of all that intoxicates, and an 
adoption of the pledge whenever it is offered, by such as truly love their 
country and their race. 

Water, pure water is once more elevated to the exalted rank given it 
at first by the wise Creator. As light is well fitted to the eye and air to 
the lungs, so water is understood to be adapted to quench the thirst and 
aid in the work of digestion. Every device to improve it by adding that 
which is pleasing to the taste only inflicts a curse. In all the toil to pro- 
cure a better drink from the day that Noah planted a vineyard to the 
present day, man has sown to the wind and reaped the whirlwind. 

Ours is the privilege, the happy day, when thousands and millions, 
looking upon the pure water bubbling from the earth, heartily and joy- 
fully echo the decision of Him who best knew what was for our happi- 
ness— -It is good, very good. 

Kespectfully submitted, L. L. Deck, 

J. T. McFadin. 



8 Minutes of the 

The following resolution, was introduced by Elder J. T. McFadin : 

Besolved, That for the purpose of eradicating on e of the greatest hin- 
dering causes to our advancement and growth in grace, we advise all 
members of the churches to discountenance the use of all intoxicatin g 
liquors. 

On motion, the report and resolution was adopted, after discussion by 
Elders T. B. Justice and J. T. McFadin. 
The committee on Foreign Missions reported as follows : • 

To spread a knowledge of the way of life must necessarily devolve on 
those who themselves possess that knowledge. The churches of this 
favored land can never discharge the responsibilities that rest upon them 
without an earnest, honest, untiring zeal in disseminating the light of the 
gospel. We are servants of an absent master to whom we must render 
an account of our stewardship — servants because we are bought with a 
price, and He has a right to our services. He has given it to us in charge 
to be witnesses for Him, and has entrusted us with all we have to use for 
His glory and promote His cause. We cannot expect to be held guilt- 
less if we leave the world or any part of it in darkness, if we fail to use 
the means he has entrusted to our keeping, to send out the light of His 
gospel. 

Your committee recommend to the churches that they adopt a system- 
atic plan of contributing to objects of benevolence — for instance, let 
each member, old and young, male and female, contribute something at 
each regular meeting of the church, (one cent is just that much better 
than nothing). This not only supplies the means for the support of the 
gospel, but stimulates a healthy activity in the churches. 
Respectfully submitted, 

T. B. Justice, 
J. H. Taylor, 
A. T. Jones, 

Committee. 

After remarks by Elders T. B. Justice, J. T. McFadin and the Clerk, 
the report was adopted. 

The committee asked leave to take a collection for Foreign Missions, 
which was taken, amounting to $9.89, which sum was turned over to 
Elder H. D. Harrill, Treasurer. 

The committee on Education made their report. 

Your committee on Education submit the following : 

It is gratifying to be able to report continued progress on this very im- 
portant subject. It is encouraging to see the people showing evidences 
of a general waking up on the subject and putting their energies to work 
in pressing the interests of education. 

In this day of progress we must have education in order to keep pace 
with the times. Not only the head but the heart ought to be educated, 
and not alone the heart but the head also. In order to fully perform the 
duties devolving on them, our people ought to be educated in all the tem- 
poral affairs of this life, and in the spiritual affairs pertaining to the 
future life. 

Christ says, " Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every 
creature." How can we successfully fulfil this command without im- 
proving the talents He has given us ? 

We are happy to report that there are many worthy institutions of 
learning throughout the land, prominent among which is Wake Forest 
College, the pride and hope of our denomination. We could not say too 



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much in its praise, with such a President, such a Faculty and such man- 
agement. We also recommend Judson College at Hendersonville. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. G. Landrtjm, 
J. A. Green, 
M. H. Justice, 

Committee. 

After remarks by Elders T. B. Justice and J. H. Yarboro, the report 
.was adopted. 

On motion, Elder T. Dixon was received and welcomed as a Messen- 
ger from the King's Mountain Association. 

The Association took a recess till 1 o'clock p. m. 

Preaching at the stand by Elder A. McMahan. 



Afternoon Session. 

Brother Z. T. Whiteside, of the Spartanburg Association, was intro- 
duced and accepted an invitation to a seat in the Association. 

The subjects " Education as a qualification to be required in the ordi- 
nation of a minister," and "Ministerial Education, and the obligation 
on churches thereto," were discussed by Elders J. H. Yarboro, T. B. 
Justice, J. M. Williams, A. McMahan, Brethren Z. T. Whiteside and 
M. H. Justice. 

Elder H. D. Harrill, the Treasurer of the Associational Mission Board, 
made his report as follows, which was on motion, adopted. (This report 
was amended so as to show the collections taken up on Sunday): 

H. D. Harrill, in account with the Green River Association : 





Scate 
Missions. 


Foreign 
Missions. 


Received from Rock Spring church* 




3 95 


" u Cool Springs 




2 25 


" u Dysartsville 


2 90| 

3 00 
3 00 
2 20 


2 90$ 


" " Pleasant Hill 


3 00 


" " Mt. Zion 


3 00 


" " Cooper Gap 


1 30 


" u Chimney Rock 


1 38 


" " Cane Creek 


1 17J 


i m 

1 00 


" " Shiloh 


Collection on Saturday in Association 




9 89 


Silver Creek church 


1 15 
12 66| 


1 15 


Collection on Sunday at Association 


12 66f 



*Rock Spring church, $5.00 for Education. 

H. D. Harrill, Treasurer. 

Preaching at the stand this afternoon by Elder T. Dixon. 
The committee on State Missions made the following report : 

The Baptists have great encouragement to contribute to State Missions, 
for no department of our labor has been more richly blessed of God. 
There are now about twenty-six missionaries in this State, sustained 
wholly or in part by the State Mission Board. These are among our 
best and wisest men, and God has abundantly blessed their labors dur- 



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ing the past year. The Board is now in need of funds to pay these ear- 
nest and faithful servants of Christ, and we urge the churches to con- 
tribute liberally to the Board. There was never a time in our history as 
Baptists when the Lord did such great things for us. From every por- 
tion of the State we receive the most cheering accounts of revival meet- 
ngs and gracious outpourings of the Lord's Spirit upon the efforts of 
his servants ; therefore 

Resolved, That this Association request and urge their churches to send 
up liberal contributions to the next annual meeting of this Association 
for State Missions, 

O, I. Kelson. 

The report was adopted. 

On motion, it was 

Resolved, That the next meeting of this Association be held with the 
church at Dysartsville, in McDowell county, to commence on Thursday 
before the first Sunday in October, 1882. 

Elder J. H. Yarboro was elected to preach the next Introductory ser- 
mon ; Elder J. T. McFadin, Alternate. 

The following ministers were appointed to preach to-morrow, viz : 

Elder H. D. Harrill at ten o'clock. Elder J. H. Yarboro the Mission- 
ary sermon at 11 o'clock ; and Elder T. Dixon at one o'clock, p. m. 

The following delegates were appointed to the Baptist State Conven- 
tion, viz : Elders T. B. Justice, J. H. Yarboro, C. B. Justice, Brethren 
Matt. McBrayer, James A. Thorne, Joseph A. Green, John Splawn and 
Elder H. D. Harrell. 

The following resolution offered by Bro. L. L. Deck, was read and unan- 
imously adopted ; 

Resolved, That we recommend the High School at Burnt Chimney 
under the supervision of Elder J. H. Yarboro and Miss M. E. Darling- 
ton, as being an institution worthy the patronage of all who wish to ed- 
ucate their sons and daughters. We especially recommend it to the fa- 
vorable consideration of this body. 

Resolved, That the sincere thanks of this Association are tendered to 
the White Oak Church and the community for the hospitable entertain- 
ment received by us at their hands. 

After singing the hymn, " There is a Fountain filled with blood," du- 
ring which the parting hand was given, the Association adjourned to 
meet at the time and place appointed. 

J. H. YARBORO, Moderator. 

M. H. Justice, Clerk. 



Sunday, Oct. 2, 1881. 

Elder H. D. Harrill preached at ten o'clock ; Elder J. H. Yarboro 
preached the Misssonary sermon eleven o'clock. A collection was taken 
up for State and Foreign Missions amounting to $25.33. 

After an intermission of one hour, Elder T. Dixon preached the 
closing sermon. 



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MINUTES ' 

OF THE 

THIRD ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

GREEN RIYER BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL CONVENION. 



To the Green Kiver Association : 

The undersigned, Secretary of the Sunday School Convention of this 
Association, in accordance with its Constitution, submits the following 
report : & 

' -Tu 116 ^ 11 ^^, 80110 ^ 1 Conventi °n of the Green Kiver Association met 
with the church at Round Hill, in Rutherford county, on Friday August 
26th, A D. 1881, at 11 a. m., and after praver by Rev. J. T McFadin 
was called to order by the President, H. D. Harrill. ' 

Delegates were enrolled as follows : 

Silver Creek— Thomas Callahan, H. B. Arledge. 

Pleasant Hill—R. A. Callahan, Z. Dobbins, Rev. J. T. McFadin 

Montjor&s Cove— John Hemohill. 

Round Hill— J. P. Sorrels, Jr., Jason Flack. 

iC Branch School— ft. P. Lynch, Amos Nannev 
" — L. L. Deck. y ' 

Mountain Creek— R. K. Keeter, William Nanney. 
Mt. Lebanon— C M. Teal, M. B. Freeman. 
Cane Creek— W. D. Wilson, C. W. A. Cowen. 
Mt. Vernon— B.. B. Wilson. 

Butherfordton—Rev. E. L. Taylor, A. L. Grayson 
Cool Spring— Rev. H. D. Harrill, J. D. Scruggs 
Bethel— J. A. Raburn, J. D. Morris. 

Bmartsville—Rev. J. R. Denton, L. G. L. Taylor, D. L. Daves. 
Bethlehem— E. M. Morgan, I. L. Reel. 
McDowell's Grove School— A. E. Miller. 
Piney Knob— Branch School— W. B. Wilson. 

Officers were elected as follows : 

Rev. H. D. Harrill, President 

Rev. J. T. McFadin, Vice-President, First District. 

Rev. J. R. Denton, " « Second " 

Bro. H. B. Wilson, " " Third " 

A. L. Grayson, Secretary. 

L. L. Deck, Treasurer. 



Afternoon. 

A committee on Sunday School statistics, consisting of Bros. H B 
Wilson, H. P. Lynch, L. G. L. Taylor, were appointed. 



IJp Minutes of the 

The following subjects were adopted for discussion during this session ! 

What constitutes true success in the Sabbath School work ? 

Sabbath School literature as a help to studying and teaching the scrip* 
lures. 

What qualifications should superintendents and teachers possess to 
ensure success? 

Relation between the Sabbath School and church. 

Should Union Sabbath Schools be encouraged ? 

Miscellaneous business. 

Bro. H. B. Wilson led the Convention in prayer, after which it ad- 
journed till to-morrow 9:30 a. m. 



Saturday, August 27th, 1881. 

After prayer by Elder J. R. Denton, the Convention was called to 
order by the President. 

On motion, Article 2 of the Constitution was amended by a two-third 
majority, so as to make the ministers in this Association delegates in the 
Convention. 

The rules of order of the Green River Association were adopted for 
this bodjr, with change of names of officers and body. 

The morning was then spent in discussing the subjects named hereto- 
fore, with an occasional piece of music. The delegates entered pretty 
freely into the discussion, and the time was spent pleasantly and profi- 
tably. 

In the afternoon, on motion, the subject of Temperance was discussed, 
and it was recommended that temperance be taught in our schools. 

The Sunday Schools were requested in future to send letters with the 
names of delegates and statistics of their schools. 

Appropriate resolutions of thanks to the Round Hill church and com^ 
munity, for kindness and hospitality shown this Convention, were 
adopted. 

Rev. J, T. McFadin was appointed to preach on Sunday at 11 a. m., 
and Rev. J. R. Denton at 1 p. m. 

The committee on Statistics reported, which is given herewith. 

After singing, " We will work till Jesus comes," etc., and prayer by 
the President, the Convention adjourned, to meet with the church at 
the time of the next Union meeting of the Green River Association, as 
appointed by that body. H. D. Harrill, 

A. L. Grayson, President. 

Secretary, 



' Green River S. a& Convention. 



IS 



Report on Sunday School Statistics. 



SCHOOLS. 



Silver Creek. 

Pleasant Hill .-.«, 

Montford's Cove 

Double Springs 

Mt. Lebanon.. ..,,.. 

Cane Cree : 

Mt. Vernon 

McDowell's Grove 

Rutherford ton 

Cool Spring ., 

Mt. Pleasant. 

Bethel .... 

Forney's School House 

Dysartsville 

Knob Creek 

White Oak.. 

White Oak Branch School 

Stone Mountain 

Cooper's Gap.. 

Big Level 

Bill's Creek..' 

Shiloh 

Piney Knob.... 



Superinten- 
dents. 



Elbert Jackson.... 
R. A. Callahan..... 

J. A. Stott 

H. P. Lynch 

M. D. Wilson 

R.K.Wilson 

JST. J. Rollins 

A. E. Miller , 

A. L- Grayson 

William Harrell .. 

B. McMahan 

A. B. Marshburn 

L. L. Deck 

L. G. L. Taylor 

A. O. Lynch 

M. L< Waldrop 

H. McCurry 

A. W. Morgan 

J. G. Laughter 

R. L. D. Gilbert... 

P. F. Searcy.. 

W. P. Abrams 

H. L.Bland 



Post Offices. 



Mills Spring 

Rutherfordton 

Otter Creek 

Cuba 

Logan's Store 

Patton's Home.... 
Rutherfordton,.... 
Rutherfordton.*. . 
Rutherfordton..... 
Burnt Chimney... 
Burnt Chimney... 

Marion. 

Cuba 

Dysartsville 

Green Hill 

Mills Spring 

Mills Spring 

Fairview 

Dimsdale 

Poplar Grove 

Ayr 

Poor's Ford 

Green Hill, 



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W. G. Simmons, Professor of Natural Science. 

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L. R. Mills, Professor of Mathematics. 

C. E. Taylor. Professor of Latin. 

W. L. Poteat, Assistant Professor of Natural Science. 

C. W. Scarborough, Tutor. 

Fall Term begins Sept. 1. Spring Term begins Jan. 15. 

Expenses. 

Tuition Fee per Term of Five Months,.... $30 00 

Incidental Fee 3 00 

Contingent Deposit, 2 00 

Library Fee, 2 00 

Room (furnished) for each occupant, 6 00 

Room (unfurnished) for each occupant 3 00 

Board, per month, $9 00 10 00 

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MINUTES 



OFT IT E 



Forty-Fourth Annual Session 



o F T II E 



I 



GREEN RIVER 



Irtll! llliilitltt^ 



HELD WITH THK CHURCH AT 

DYSAETSVILLE, McDOWELL CO., K C, 

SEPTEMBER 2fth TO OCTOBER 1st. 1882. 



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SHELBY, X. C: 

J. P. BABINGTON, BOOK & JOB PKINTEK, 

1882. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



Forty-Fourth Annual Session 



OF THE 

GREEN RIVER 

til? iiiiiii 

HELD WITH -THE CHURCH AT 

DYSARTSVILLE, McDOWELL CO., IT. C, 

SEPTEMBER 28th TO OCTOBER 1st, 1882. 



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SIIELBY, N. C: 
J. P. BABINGTON, BOOK & JOB PRINTER, 

1882. 



ORDAINED MINISTERS. 



ELDER C. C. CASE. White Oak Hall, N. C. 

J. R. DENTON Dysartsville, 

J.C.GRAYSON, •-' " " 

W. HARRILL, Forest City, 

H. D. HARRILL " 

J. H. YARBORO, " 

C. B. JUSTICE, Rutherfordton 

J. T. McFADDIN, 

E. L. TAYLOR, 

T. B. JUSTICE, Mill Springs, 

W. H. LOGAN, Grassy Knob, 

A. O. LYNCH Green Hill, 

A. McMAHAN, Poor's Ford, 

A. T. JONES " 

J. H. TAYLOR Grassy Knob, 

J. F. PENDERGRASS,..Marion, 

J. WILKIE Rutherfordton, 

F. H. BOSTON Patton's Home, 

LEWIS McCURRY, Dysartsx ille, 

o 

LICENTIATES. 



WILLIAM CONDREY, Holly Bush, N 

A. B. WASHBURN, . Marion, 

D. B. HARRILL, Rutherfordton, 

J.W T . TAYLOR. 

R. E. PINTUFF, "Logan's Store, 

J. R. PENDERGRASS, Marion, 

S. D. BRIDGES, Forest City, 

w y Qp T AWM ( Mill Springs or 

W. S. SPLAW1N, \ Wake Forest, 

— o 

OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 



Moderator.— ELD. J. C. GRAYSON,...Bridgewater, N. C 

Clerk.— A. L. RUCKER, Green Hill, 

Treasurer.— ELD. H. D. HARRILL,. ..Forest City, 

Board of Missions. 

H. PORTRUM, Ayer, N. C. 

J. W. MORGAN, Otter Creek, 

J. L. RUCKER, : Rutherfordton, " 

A. L. GRAYSON, 

MATT MeBRAYER, Forest City, 



PROCEEDINGS 



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The 44th annual session of the Green River Baptist As- 
sociation convened with the church at Dysartsville, in Mc- 
Dowell County, at 11 o'clock to-day. 

Prayer: Elder J. M. Bridges leading. 

Hymn : Do not 1 love Thee my Lord. 

Prayer: Dr. W. A. Nelson leading. 

Introductory sermon was [(reached by Elder J. II. Yar- 
boro from Ezek. 9: 6, "Begin at my sanctuary." 

Prayer : Elder A. L. Stough leading. 

Recess of half an hour. 



Afternoon Session. 

The Association re-assembled in the honse at 1 P. M., 
and was called to order by the former Moderator, Elder J. 
II. Yarboro. 

Prayer by Elder J. C. Grayson. 

The Cleric 'of the Association being absent, Bro. A. L. 
Grayson was requested to act as Clerk until the permanent 
organization of the body. 

Brethren J. W. Morgan and IT. Portrum were reques- 
ted to act as assistant clerks. 

The Churches comprising the Association were called 
and their Messengers enrolled as follows : 

White Oak.—M. L. Waldrop. 

Slcer Creek. — H. P. Arledge, Govan Newman, Clement 
Arledge, jr. 

Stone Mountain. — A. W. Morgan, J. D. Lackey. 

Cooper's Gap. — Elder J. H. Taylor and Brethren M. R. 
Laughter, ¥m. E. Mills, J. G. Laughter, II. II. Gibbs. 






4 Minutes of the 

Bock Spring. — Elder A. 0. Lynch and Brethren H. 
Portrum, 1ST. P. Whiteside. 

Bill's Creek. — Richard Ledbetter. 

Pleasant Hitl.— Elder J. T. MeFaddin and Pro. E. W. 
S. Keeter. 

Shiloh.— Elder A. T. Jones and Pro. J). J. Cuihreth. 

Green Biver. — T. C. Page, J. J. Splawn. 

Columbus. — G. m P. Hampton, Jas. Ridings. 

Chimney Bock. — Not represented. 

Big Level— P. F. Wilson, L. P. Gilbert. 

MontfonUs Cove. — A. F. Morgan, J. W. Morgan. 

Bethlehem.— G. R. Morgan, N. Souther. 

Zion Hill. — Not represented. 

Piney Knob.— II. P. Lynch, W. P. Wilson. 

Dysartsville. — Elders J. C. Grayson, J. R. Denton and 
Prethren J. D. Taylor, W. S. Walker, L. G. L. Taylor. 

Bethel— Lee Morris, S. Poteet, J. A. Poteet. 

Bound Hill. — L. L. Peck, Win. Nanney, Amos Nan- 
ney. 

Mountain Creek. — A. L. Rucker, W. T. Lewis, Wm. 
Spangler, N. C. Lovelace. 

Cherry Springs. — Not represented. 

Holly Springs. — L. M. TIenson, II. II. Cole. 

Ml Zion. — James Deviney. 

First Broad. — Smith McCurry, W. G. Grayson, J. L. 
Gamble. 

ML Lebanon.— A. P. Hollifield, M. P. Freeman. 

Cane Creek. — Elder F. IT. Poston and Prethren John 
W. Pope, Jesse R. Walker. 

Camp Creek. — Paruch Pis^erstair, G. W. Gutfy. 

ML Vernon.— II. P. Wilson, J. G. Logan, R. P. Geer. 

Butherfordton.— Elders T. P. Justice, C. P. Justice, E. 
L. Taylor, and Prethren A. L. Grayson, W. L. Lynch, J. 
N. Callahan. 

Cool Springs.— Elders Wm. Harrill, II. D. Harrill, J. 
II. Yarboro, and Prother S. A. Pridges. 

ML Bleasant. — Elder A. McMahan — Represented by a 
letter. 

Floyd's Creek.— G. Kanady, A. N. Wall. 



Green River Association. o 

Invitation extended to newly constituted churches, and 
churches dismissed from other Associations with a view to 
joining this Association. 

Officers elected : Moderator, Elder J. C. Grayson — 
Clerk, A. L. Rueker. 

Order of Business last year adopted. 

Corresponding Messengers from other Associations en- 
rolled as follows : 

King's Mountain.— -Elders G. W. Rollins, Robert Pos- 
ton, J. M. Bridges, and Brother M. I). Padgett. 

The Moderator extended an invitation to other minis- 
tersto seats, which was accepted by Dr. M. M. Landrum ofthe 
Georgia Association, Elder A. L. Stough and Dr. W. A. 
Kelson of the King's Mountain Association — The latter rep- 
resenting the interests ofthe State Board of Missions. 

By spec'al request the regular order of business was sus- 
pended and the following Committees appointed, viz : 

State flllssi'MS.—BiCW. A. Nelson, A. L. Grayson, II. 
Portrum. 

Foreign Missions. — Elders C. B. Justice and A. L. 
Stough. 

Education.— Elders J. H.-Yarboro ? H. D. Ilarrill, J. 
M. Bridges. 

JReVqious Ex°rcUes (except Sunday). — Pastor and Dea- 
cons of Dysartsville Church. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock to-morrow — one half hour to be 
spent in devotional exerc'sis. 

Benediction bv Elder A. L. Stough. 



Friday, September 29th, 1882. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment on yes- 
terday evening, and after 30 minutes devotional exercises, 
conducted by Elder C. B. Justice, the Association was call- 
ed to order by the Moderator. 

The Committee on Religious Exercises report that Elder 
A. L. Stough and Dr. W. A. Nelson will preach at the 
stand in the forenoon — the former at 10, the latter at 11 
o'clock. 



6 MlNUTES OF THE 

Roll called and absentees marked. 

Minutes of yesterday read, amended and approved. 

Covenant and Rules of Order read. 

The Moderator. announced the appointment of the fol- 
lowing Committees : 

Finance. — J. W. Morgan, T. C. Pa^e, J. L. Gamble. 

Temperance.— F. II. Poston, W. P>. Wilson, PI. I). Har- 
rill,. 

Sunday Schools. — IT. P. Lynch, Joseph Poteet, A. B, 
Washburn. 

Periodicals.— Ehl C. B. Justice, W. L. Lynch, Eld. II. 
I). Ilarrill. 

Moved and carried that Dr. Kelson read and discuss the 
report on State Missions at the stand at 1 o'clock P. M. 

Moved that the report on Education follow the report 
at the Stand. Carried'. 

The following ministers and brethren wero appointed 
Messengers to attend the Associations named : 

King's Mountain, which convenes with the Church at 
Pleasant Grove, 10 miles X. of Shelby, on Thursday before 
the 4th Sundav in September, 1883 : Elders F. H. ' Poston, 
J. K. Denton; C. B. Justice, II. P. Harrill, and Brethren 
A. L. Gravson, II. Portfum, J. I). Taylor, II. B. Wilson, 
L. G. L. Taylor, W. L. Lynch and T.' 0. Page. 

Broad River, which convenes with the Church at Zion 
Kill, four miles N. E. of Spartanburg C. II., on Friday be- 
fore the first Sunday in September, 1888 : Elders J. H. 
Yarboro, J. T. McFaddin, A. McMahan, A. T. Jones, and 
Bro. S. C. Page. 

Catawba River, which convenes with the Church at 
Morgan ton on Thursdav before the second Sunday in Octo- 
ber, 1882: Elders J. C. Grayson and E. IT. Poston. 

On motion it is agreed that the next Union meeting be 
held with the Green River Church, in Polk County, begin- 
ning on Friday before the fifth Sunday in July, 1888. 

The following ministers were appoited to attend. — J. T. 
McFaddin, J. IT. Taylor, W. II. Logan, A. T. Jones and 
A. McMahan. 



Green River Association. 7 

Moved that A. T. Jones preach the Introductory ser- 
mon — carried. 

Moved and carried that a committee of three — one from 
each district — be appointed to re-district the churches in this 
Association. The following brethren were appointed on this 
committee : 

For the first district, H. Portrnm. 

For the second district J. W. Morgan. 

For the third district Tl. B. Wilson.' 

Elder G. W. Harman, of Marion, was invited to, and 
accepted a seat in the Association. 

The Committee on Finance reported through their 
chairman as follows : 

Your Committee on Finance report Thirty Eight Dollars and 
Fifty-five Cents sent up by the churches for minutes, and recommend 
that the Clerk be allowed Eight Dollars for his services, to include 
furnishing blank printed letters for each church as adopted in the 
Association heretofore. 

J. W. MORGAN. 

J. L. GAMBLE. 

T. C. PAGE. 

On motion the report is adopted. 

Elder A. L. Stough preached at the stand from Psa. 
107 : 7, "And he led them forth by the right way," — after 
which a collection was taken for Lincoluton Church amoun- 
ting to $7.00. 

At 11 o'clock the Association took a recess of two hours. 

Dr. Nelson preached from Daniel 6:10, "Now when 
Daniel knew that the writine 1 was signed, he went into his 
house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward 
Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and 
prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did afore- 
times." 



Afternoon Session. 

Re-assembled at the stand at I o'clock when the follow- 
ing report on State Missions was read by Dr. Nelson : 

It affords your Committee great pleasure to report that our 
State Mission Board is enlarging its work every year. There are 



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now 38 missionaries in the field, supported in part or in whole 
by this Board. Hundreds of souls have professed conversion 
under the preaching- of these earnest workers. Eight new churches 
have been organized, 7 church-houses finished, and l(i are now bein >• 
built ; while 87 Sunday Schools have been organized under the la- 
bors of these Missionaries. Much has been done, but much more 
needs to be accomplished before we can pause in this work. The 
Board is about $1-,000 in debt, and that because the Churches and As- 
sociations have not sent up the means as it was expected. If only 
every pastor would give their ehurshes the necessary opportunities 
to contribute to missions, and keep them properly informed as to 
what is being done, and what is needed, no tongue can tell what 
might be accomplished, Don't wait for the Association to meet — 
send it on to B. F. Montague, Treasurer, at Raleigh, all through the 

W. A. NELSON. 
H. PORTTU/M, 
A. L. GRAYSON. 

The report was fully and ably discussed by Dr. Nelson. 
At the close of his remarks a collection was taken for State 
Missions amounting to $14.23. 

The report was unanimously adopted. 

Elder J. If. Yarboro followed with the report on Edu- 
cation : 

In order to be a prosperous people we should be an educated 
people ; because we live in an age of progress. If we expect to do 
any thing to benefit the world, or to advance the Masters cause, we 
must be educated, and keep pace with the times. The age in which 
we live is an age in which the arts and sciences are advancing, and 
if we, as a denomination, wish to occupy the frcnt n nks, and fill 
honorable and useful positions, that would bent fit the world and the 
church, we must see that our boys and girls are educated ; otherwise 
they will be drones in the ordinary walks of life. In this land of so 
many schools and colleges, the facilities are ample for all boys and 
girls, who have the proper energy, to obtain, at least a good practical 
education. In these times of frivolity and giddiness, temptation, 
slackness in paternal government and home discipline. — the best 
safeguard that can be thrown around the youth of our country, is to 
place them in some of our best schools and colleges. 

Among the colleges most prominent for the training and proper 
culture of young men, we would call special attention to our beloved 
Wake Forest — as a literary institution— the pride and the hope of our 
denomination in North Carolina. We especially advise all young 
men, having the ministry of Jesus in view, to spend, at least two or 
four years in that grand old Institution of Learning. For in Scrip- 
tural' language it may well be called "A school of the Prophets;" 
particularly, when we take into consideration the great and good 
men whom she has sent out to do work for Jesus. 



Green River Association. 9 

For the proper culture and training of our daughters, we take 
pleasure in reeomending the Baptist Female College, located at Shel- 
by, N. C, under the Presidency of Dr. R. D. Mallary, one of our 
best Educators, and who has associated with him a corps of six lady 
teachers as thoroughly competent as any in the land. Parents could 
not make a mistake in placing their daughters under his jurisdiction. 
There is also a splendid preparatory school, located at Forest 
City, six miles East of Rutherfordton, under the supervision of Elder 
J. H. Yarboro, where girls and boys can be prepared for a college 
course at comparatively a small cost. The design of this school is to 
furnish to males and females the best and cheapest facilities for a par- 
tial and practical ; or a liberal and and complete education. Parents 
and guardians may rest assured that the moral and intellectural de- 
velopment of their children will be cared for. 

There is a good male school at Shelby, under the management 
of Pro. P. J. King, of Ga. ; and a male and female school at Ruth- 
erfordton, conducted by Bro. Z. T. Whiteside. There is no lack of 
schools. Brethren let us see that our sons and daughters, upon whom 
rest the destinies of our country, are better educated than we, their 
parents. Let us. at all hazzards, see that our children have this leg- 
acy, '"which neither moth nor rust can corrupt" — that rich boon that 
no" thief can steal. Respectfullv submitted, 

J. H. YARBORO. 

H. D. HARRILL. 

J. M. BRIDGES. 

After remarks by Elders J. II. Yarboro and AY. A. 
Xelson on motion of Elder C. B. Justice the further con- 
sideration of the report is made a special order for 10 o'clock 
to-morrow. 

The Association returned to the house at half past two 
o'clock. 

Xo. 8 as adopted by the Corn, on Order of Business 
last year and which reads : "Consider education as a qualifi- 
cation to be required in the ordination of a minister," — was 
discussed by Elders J. H. Yarboro, C. B. Justice, J. R. 
Denton, G. W; Harman and others without arriving at any 
definite conclusion in relation thereto. 

Bro. Wesley M. Jameson, blind, presented a license, 
issued by Grassy Pond Church, Unicoi County, Tenn., re- 
commending him to the favorable consideration of the breth- 
ren, which was read and Bro. Jameson invited to a seat in 
the Association. 

Moved that Xo. 9, regular order, — "Consider ministe- 
rial education and the obligation on churches thereto" — be 



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deferred until 10 o'clock to-morrow and be discussed in con- 
nection with the further consideration of the report on edu- 
cation — carried. 

Agreed to hold the next session of this Association with 
the church at Rutherfordton, beginning on Thursday before 
the first Sunday in October, 1883. 

Elder C. B. Justice was elected to preach the Introduc- 
tory sermon — Elder II. D. Harrill, alternate. 

The following ministers were elected to preach on Sun- 
day, next : 

10 o'clock C. B. Justice, 11 o'clock G. W. Ilarman, 2 
o'clock G. W. Rollins. 

Ordered that a collection be taken immediately after the 

11 o'clock sermon for State and Foreign Missons. 

On motion, adjourned to 9 o'clock to-morrow. 
Benediction by the Moderator. 



Satuhday, September 80th, 1882. 

The Association met pursuant to yesterday's adjourn- 
ment, and after one half hour spent in devotional exercises 
conducted by Elder J. T. McFaddin the Association was 
again called to order by the Moderator. 

The Committee on Religious Exercises announced 
through the Moderator the following appointments for 
preaching to-day : 11 o'clock — Dr. M. M. Lanclrum, 1 
o'clock— Elder Robt, Boston to be followed by Elder G. W. 
Rollins. 

Minutes of yesterday read and approved. 

Bro. J. G. Green a licentiate from King's Mountain 
Association was recognized and invited to a seat. This evoked 
a spirited discussion on the licentiate's term for a few min- 
utes, Elders Justice, Harman, Rollins and Denton participa- 
ting, without a motion, however, to dispense with it. 

Of these things put them in remembrance, charging 
them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no 
profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. — 2nd Tim. 2 : 14. 

The time for the special order having arived the report 
on Education was read a second time and considered in con- 



Green River Associatio 



N. 



11 



nection with Ministerial Education. Several amendments 
were substituted on the report and the paper ably discussed 
by Elders Justice, Yarboro and Denton until 11 o'clock, 
when the Association took a recess of two hours. 

Dr. Landrum preached at the stand from 1st Gen. Ep. 
of John 3 : 1 — "Behold what manner of love the Father has 
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of 
God." 



Afternoon Session. 

At 1 o'clock the Association re-assembled in the house 
and the report on Educationwas renewed.. Speeches were 
made by Elders Harman and Justice at the close of which a 
collection was taken for ministerial education amounting', in 
cash and pledges, to 101 dollars. 

On motion the report on Education, as given in yester- 
day's proceedings, is adopted. 

The following are the pledges secured by the churches : 

Rock Spring, $ 5. 

Green River, 6. 

Bethlehem, 5. 

Round Hill, 3. 

Mr. Zion, 5. 

Mt. Lebanon, 5. 

Camp Creek, 5. 

Rutherford ton, 10. 

Floyd's Creek, 5. 



Pleasant Hill, 

Mountford's Cove, 
Bethel, 


.$5. 
. 5. 
. 5. 


Mountain Creek,.... 

First Broad, 

Cane Creek, 


. 5. 

. 5. 

8 


Mt. Vernon, 


. 5. 


Cool Springs, 


5 


Stone Mountain,.... 


2. 



Total for the churches, $89. 

Individual Cash, 8. 

" " Pledges 4. 



Total, $101. 

The following statement was. presented by the Treasur 
er and adopted : 



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Minutes of the 



H. D. Hareill in account with the G. R. Association. 
Received from the churches for the different objects. 



CHURCHES. 



CD 



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1 05 
1 00 

50 
1 55 
5 00 

1 00 

2 55 
4 45 

50 

1 00 

1 00 

50 

60 



1 05 



00 



Mt Vernon $ 2 80 

Montford's Cove 1 10 

Rock Spring 1 25 

Cooper's Gap 25 

First Broad 1 55 

Columbus 5 00 

Green River 1 00 

Mt. Zion 2 55 

Cool Spring 

Shiloh 

Floyd's Creek 

Mt. Pleasant 

Pleasant Hill 

Big Level 

Collection Friday 14 23 

Collection Saturday 

Collection Sunday 10 00 10 00 

Paid W. A. Nelson $60.00. 

H. D. HARRILL, Treasurer. 

On motion the Clerk is instructed to add the amount 
collected to-day for Ministerial Education, and the amount 
collected to-morrow for State and Foreign Misssons to the 
report of Elder II. D. Harrill, Treasurer. 

The Committee appointed to re-district the churches in 
this Association reported through their chairman as follows : 

First District: Coopers Gap, Chimney Rock, Big Level, 
Bill's Creek, Rock Spring, Mountain Creek, Silver Creek, 
Columbus, White Oak, Pleasant Hill, Green River. — To- 
tal 11. 

Second District : Stone Mountain, Cherry Springs, Zion 
Hill, Bethlehem, Bethel, Dysartsville, Piney Knob, Camp 
Creek, Cane Creek, Round Hill, Montford's Cove. — Total 11. 

Third District: Mt. Vernon, Rutherford ton, Shiloh, 



Green River Association. 13 

Holly Springs, Mt. Zion, Mt. Pleasant, Floyd's Creek, Cool 
Spring, Mt. Lebanon, First Broad. — Total 10. 

II. PORTRUM, ) 

J. W. 'MORGAN, VCom. 

II. B. WILSON, J 
On motion the report is adopted. 

The Committee on Sunday Schools submitted, through 
Elder C. B. Justice, the following report which was unani- 
mously adopted without discussion : 

We, your Committee, beg leave to report that the Sunday- 
Schools have been successful in doing a good work within the bourn s 
of this Association during the past year ; and, while we believe therj 
has been a great and lasting good accomplished in our midst there 
is yet room f< r amends to make the work a success ; for, whJHe v e 
have the pleasure of reporting Sunday foclo >ls in a large majority of 
tbe churches, there are a few that have no Schools, which is to be 
regretted. 

We believe, however, that all our churches foster the Sunday 
School cause, but think a Verification of their faiih would be better 
established by their works. We especially and earnestly recommend 
that this body continue to foster the Sunday School Convention, as 
established by this Association ; and to recommend that all the 
churches organize Sunday Schools, 

In our opinion every lay member should be either superintend- 
ent, teacher or scholar. In this broad held we can all become mere 
efficient co-workers with each other in advancing God's Kingdom to 
which we profess to belong. 

We recommend that the schools use as helps the International 
Lessons, published by the American Baptist Publication Society. 
Respectful ly Submitted, 

II. P. LYNCH, ) 

J. A. POTEST, K.'oni. 

A. B. WASHBURN, J 

The report on Temperance was next read and adopted 
as follows : 

''Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with 
thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die : 
ii shall be a statute forever throughout your gen 'ration." — Lev. 10 :9. 
'Wine is a mocker, stron 4 drink is raging: and whosoever is de- 
ceived thereby is not wise," — Prov. 20 : 1. "Be not among winebib- 
bers : among riotous eaters of fksh : For the drunkard and the glut- 
ton shall come to poverty : and drowsiness shall clothe a man with 
ra^s. Who 1 lath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? 
who hath babb 1 in s? who hath wounds without cause? who hath 
redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine ; they that go to 



14 Minutes of the 

seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, 
when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At 
the last it biteth like a serpent and stiiigeth like an adder." — Prov. 
23rd Chapter. 

"Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning that they 
may follow strong drink ; that continue until night, till wine inflame 
them." — Isa. 5 : 11. '"They shall not drink wine with a song ; strong 
drink shall be bitter to them that drink it." — Isa. 2*: y. "'Woe unto 
him that giveth his neighbor drink ; that putteth thy bottle to him 
and maketh him drunken also." — Hab. 2: 15. "It is good neither to eat 
flesh nor drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbletli 
or is offended or made weak." — Rom. 14: 21. "Nor thieves, nor 
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit 
the Kingdom of God."— 1st Cor. 6 : 10. 

The foregoing quotations are from God's holy word. Let us 
abide it — let it be the man of our counsel on this question. 

Your committee would also call the attention of the brethren to 
a resolution, adopted by this body in 1862, on this subject; remind- 
ing them that said resolution is still in force. And your committee 
further claims that said resolution forbids any member of the church- 
es within the bounds of this Association, having any thing whatever 
to do with the making, buying, selling or using of spiritous liquors 
in any way ; for himself, other parties, or the Government of the. 
United States. 

D. H. POSTON, ) 

W. B. WILSON, ^Com. 

H. D. HARRILL,J 

The following is the report on Foreign Missions : 

"And he said unto them, go ye into all the world and preach 
my Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptised shall 
be saved ; and he that believeth not shall be damned." 

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which 
I say?" 



C. B. JUSTICE, \ c 
A. L. STOUGH, J Lom ' 



Discussed by elders Justice and Ilarman and unani- 
mously adopted. 

The Committee on Periodicals made the following 
report : 

We recommend the Biblical Recorder as a Baptist Paper, in 
every way worthy of the confidence and patronage of the brethren 
of the State, and one that they can confidently admit into their 1am- 
ilies, and that ought to make its weekly visits to every Baptist fam- 
ily in the bounds of this Association. We would also call attention 



Green River Association. 15 

to tho Foreign Mission Journal, Kind Words and the Blue Ridge 

Baptist. 

C. B. JUSTICE, ) 

W, L. LYNCH, \ Com. 

H. D. HAKRILL, J 

This re port was discussed by Elders C. B. Justice, J. 
II. Yarboro, G. W. Harman, II. 1). Harrill, Robt. Poston, 
J. R. Denton and brother II. B. Wilsion and unanimously 
adopted. 

On motion of Bro. II. B. Wilson, all ordained minis- 
isters within the bounds of this Association are appointed 
delegates to tiie Baptist State Convention which meets in 
Warrenton on the 15th day of Nov. next. 

On motion of Elder 0. B. Justice, the following breth- 
ren are appointed "The Board of Missions of the Green Riv- 
er Baptist Association :" 

J. W. MORGAN, Otter Creek, N. C, 

H. PORTRUM, Green Hill, 

J. L. RUCKER, Rntherfordton, " 

A. L. GRAYSON, " " 

MATT McBRAYER, Forest City, 

On motion of Bro. H. B. Wilson, the usual vote of 
thanks is hereby extended to the brethren of Dysartsville 
Church, and citizens of this vicinity for their hospitality and 
kind treatment of the delegates in attendance during the 
session of this body. 

On motion of Elder J. II. Yarboro, the Association 
adjourned to meet again with the Church at Rutherfordton 
on Thursday the 4th day of October, 1883. 

The hymn, "Children of the Heavenly King" was sung; 
prayer was offered by Elder H. D. Plarrill and the benedic- 
tion pronounced by Elder Robert Poston. 

J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator. 

A. L, RUCKER, Clerk. 

o — o 



16 Minutes of the 

Sunday, October 1st, 1882. 

A large congregation had assembled at the stand by 10 
A. M. when the hymn, "How firm a foundation &c." was 
sung. 

Prayer and sermon by Elder C. B. Justice from Acts 

8 : 35. "Then Philip opened his mouth and began at the 
same Scripture, and preached unto him Jesus." 

At 11 o'clock the congregation stood and sung "Jesus 
shall reign where'er the sun." Elder Harman preached from 
St. Mat. 28 : 18-19. "All power is given unto me in Heav- 
en and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holly Ghost." 

Remarks were made at the close of the sermon by Eld. 
J. C. Grayson and while the brethren sang, "Jesus, lover of 
my soul" a collection was taken amounting to $20.00 for 
Home and Foreign Missions. 

Elder G. W. Rollins preached at 1 o'clock from 1st Cor. 

9 : 24. "So run that you may obtain." 

Altogether, the Session was harmonious and instructive, 
being characterized by Christian humility and affection, and 
"a mind to work" in the Master's vineyard. 



STATISTICAL TABLE OF THE GREEN RIVER BAPT 



CHURCHES. 



Cooper's Gap 

Chimney Rock.. 

Big Level 

Bill's Creek 

Rock Spring 

Mountain Creek. 

Silver Creek 

Columbus 

White Oak 

Pleasant Hill 

Green River 

Stone Mountain. 
Cherry Springs.. 

Zion Hill 

Bethlehem 

Bethel 

Dysartsville 

Montford's Cove. 

PineyKnob 

Camp Creek 

Cane Creek 

Round Hill 

Mt. Vernon 

Rutherfordton .... 

Shiloh 

Holly Springs 

Mt. Zion 

Mt. Pleasant 

Floyd's Creek 

Cool Spring 

Mt. Lebanon 

First Broad 



1839 



PASTORS. 



J. H. Taylor. 



1881 



1847 
1789 
1849 



1808 

1857 



1870 



J. H. Taylor 

W. H. Logan 

T. B. Justice 

C. B. Justice 

T. B. Justice 

M. M. Landrum 

T. B. Justice 

H. D. Harrill 

A. McMahan 

W. H. Logan 



1857 

1871 

1844 
1840 



185, 



1881 

1848 



1870 
1848 
1854 
1819 



G. W. Harman. 
J. C. Gravson.... 

F. H. Poston 

G. W. Rollins.. 

W. H. Logan 

F. M. Freeman. 

F. H. Poston 

H. D. Harrill 



C. B. Justice 

C. C. Case 

A. McMahan 

J. M. Bridges.... 
J. M. Williams.. 

J. H. Yarboro 

G. W. Rollins 

Robert Poston.... 
F. H. Poston 



CLERKS. 



jPOST OFFICES 1 ^ | j| 



Wm. E. Mills.. 



R. L. D. Gilbert 

P. F. Searcy 

H. Portrum 

J. W. Lewis 

John Jackson 

G. B. Hampton 
J. C. Waldrop... 
R. A. Callahan... 

J. J. Ridings 

S. B. Grant 



^ ?. A 

. I g 
9s i « ! :» 



□b pl, pq Ph p^iP 



Dinsdale, N. C. 



Poplar Grove, 

Aye, 

Aye 

Rutherfordton, 

Bright' s Creek, 

Columbus, 

Mill's Springs, 

Rutherfordton, 

Pores Ford, 

Otter Creek, 



N. Souther 

J. M. Raburn 

J. R. Denton 

J. W. Morgan... 
H. P. Lynch 

B. Bisrgerstaff..... 

R. K. Wilson 

A. P. Sorrels 

H. B. Wilson 

R. J. Williams... 
D. J. Culbreth... 

J. G. Snider. 

D. D. Lattimore 
W. S. Hill 

C. L. Tate 

M. J. Harrill 

M. I). Wilson 

J. L. Gamble 



Old Fort, 
Marion, " 

Dysartsville, " 
Otter Creek, " 
Cuba, " 

Brittain, 
Piitton's Home " 
Cuba, 

Logan's Store, " 
Rutherfordton, " 
Pores Ford, " 

Polkville, 
Forest Citv, " 
Butler, " 

Forest City, - " 
Logan's Store, " 
Gain eld's Store " 



3 45 1 1124 



2 2210 
1 
4 
3 



6 

9. 

417 
1 
3 

1 



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m 

$12 

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..29 

181 

1 17 

2 65 
li... 
..34 
..57 
..40 
136 
..37 



13! 



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217 
1 2 



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27 
157 

30 
113 



51 

103 
60 
58 
55 



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56 

238 
47 



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18 75; 

40 15 1 ' 

178 39 48 

142 

39 03 

30 00 

ioo; 40 oo 

94 26 55 
92 37 50 



85j 
160! 

J 



25 00 

1 60 

75 00 

1 2 ? l j 



311 

2:70! 
..138 
.J41 
1|33 
131 
1201 
..58 



56 



3 24 
1 ... 

..38 
..40 
184 
..46 



371 48j 25 OOJ. 
1171187' j. 

95 1 133 1 50 00. 

94135 |. 

6911021 i. 

68; 94 

35 55 ! 

89445 

104 179! ! 

130,100 0J|1588 00 
30 00 



...! 15 70 1 
651 24 15 



50! 

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107j 

85 

100; 



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95 j 141 



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COLLECTED 

Lincolnton Church, on Friday $7.00. 

State Missions, on Friday.....' 14.23. . 

Ministerial Education, on Saturday 8.00. 

Total 



AT ASSOCIATION. 

State Missions, on Sunday. 
Foreign Missions, on Snuch 
Ministerial Education Pled 
1142.23. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



Fourth Annual Session 



OF THE 



Green Elver Baptist Sunday School Convention. 



-o — o- 



The Sunday School Convention of the Green River 
Association met with the Church at Cool Spring, in Ruther- 
ford county, on Friday July the 28th, 1882, at 10 o'clock A. 
M. After spending 30 minutes in devotional exercises was 
called to Order by the President, Elder II. D. Ilarrilh 
Delegates were enrolled as follows : 

Pleasant HilL—EAc\. J. T. McFaddin, Bro. R. A. Calla- 
han and C. E. Hill. 

Round HM.—Ij. L. Deck, A. P. Sorrells. 

ML Lebanon. — No delegation. 

ML Vernon. — L. B. Y. Freeman and W. B. Freeman. 



20 Minutes of the Green River 

jRatherfordfon. — Eld. C. B. Justice, Bra. M. II. Justice 
and Thos. 0. Smith. 

Cool Springs^— Elders Wxn. Harrill, II. I). Harrill and 
J. H. Yarboro, Brethren S. A. Bridges and Matt. McB raver. 

Green Eiver.—T. C. Paefe and J. M. Miller. 

ShiloL—I). J. Culhreth" 

Double Springs. — H. P. Lynch and Amos ^Nanny. 

Ivy Spring.— A. E. Miller. 

Moll// Spring. — T. J. Snider and L. M. Henson. 

Pleasant Grove. — I. M. Taylor. 

Knob Creek— R. Led better. 

On motion Elder GL W. Rollins was invited to a seat. 

The following subjects were adopted for discussion : 

1st. What are the Objects of this Convention ? 

2nd. What is the best manner of increasing the spiritu- 
ality of the churches? Speaker: G. W. Rollins. 

3rd. Who shall teach in the Sabbath School ? Opening 
speech bv Bro. Matt. McB raver. 

4th." Whv am I a Baptist? Speaker: Elder J. T. 
McFaddin. 

5th. Is it beneficial to use the International Lessons in 
Sunday Schools ? Opening speech by Bro. M. II. Justice. 

6th. What is the best manner of conducting an Infant 
class ? Speaker Elder 0. B. Justice. 

7th. Should benevolence be taught in the Sunday 
School as a Ohristion Grace ? Speaker T. C. Page. 

Answered. Yes. 

8th. Have we any evidence that a well conducted Sab- 
bath School has been beneficial to the cause of Christ in the 
church ? Speaker II. B. Wilson. 

Officers were then elected as follows : 

President, Elder II. L>. Harrill. 

1st Vice President, Elder J. T. McFaddin. 

2nd Vice President, Bro. IT. P. Lynch. 

3rd Vice President, Bro. A. E. Miller. 

Secretary, IT. B. Wilson. 

Treasurer, L. L. Deck. 

1st subject discussed by Elders C. B. Justice, G. W. 
Rollins and others. 






Baptist S. S. Convention 21 

On motion a collection was taken up for the benefit of 
Sunday Schools when $4.95 was received. 



Afternoon Session. • 

Prayer by Elder G. W. Rollins Then proceeded to 
discuss the the 2nd, 3rd and 6th subjects by the brethren 
appointed, assisted by various others. During intivals the 
audience was entertained with beautiful music. After 
prayer by the President adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow. 



o — o-. 

Saturday July 29th, 1882. 

After prayer by Elder J. T. McFaddin, the Convention 
was called to order by the Pres. Roll called and absentees 
marked. 

The 4th, 5th and 7th subjects were then discussed by 
the brethren appointed with the assistance of Elders Win. 
Harrill and J. H. Yarboro and others. 



Afternoon Session. 

A collection of $4.40 was added to the collection of Yes- 
terday : Total, $9.35. 

The 8th subject was not discussed for want of time. 

On motion, article 10 of the Constitution was amended 
to read as follows : The Executive Committee shall arrange 
topics for discussion and appoint speakers at each sessiou for 
the next succeeding session. Also that article 12 be stricken 
out and the following inserted : That the Sunday School 
Convention meet on Saturday before every fifth Sabbath, at 
such place as said Convention may determine. 

On motion, the usual resolution of thanks was adopted. 

After prayer by Elder C. B. Justice the Convention 
adjourned to meet at Pleasant Hill Church on Saturday be- 
fore the fifth Sunday in October, 1882. 

II. D. HARRILL, President. 
H. B. WIL'SOK Secretary. 



22 Minutes of the 

REPORT ON SUNDA Y SCHOOL STA TISTICS. 



SCHOOLS. 



; SUPERINTEN- 
DENTS. - 



POST OFFICES 



^ .2 



5 J? Sal s 
£ ^Ip .& PI 
5-ihD <J!aL| o 



Pleasant Hill 

RoundHill 

Mt. Lebanon 

Mt. Vernon 

Rutherford ton ... 
Cool Spring....... 

Green River 

Shiloh 

Double Springs... 

Ivy Spring 

Holly Spring 

Pleasant Grove... 

Knob Creek 

Collected at 



R. A. Callahan.. Ruth erfordton ... 8 50 $ 

Wm. M. Naimey Cuba. 91|68 

M. D. Wilson... Logan's Store ! 843 35 ... '.. 

R. P. Geer Rutherfordton ...1106238 

A. L. Grayson... " " 1187 

|Wm. Harrill Forest City ...J90-50 

T. C. Page Pores Ford 

A. T. Jones " " 

L. L. Deck Cuba 

A. E. Miller ,i Rutherfordton 

|E. Putraan Pores Ford 

J-. M. Taylor | Ruth erfordton 

| A. O. Lynch Green Hill 



7 62 4916 L ^ 

6.41... ... .... 

10 70!-59i 7, 1 

6 50 45... .... 

789!...!...!.... 



60 



.|57j35; 



the Sunday School Convention $9.35. 



/ 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



Greer) River Baptist Asseciatieri, 



HELD WITH THE 



Church at Rutherfordton, Rutherford Co., n. C„ 
October 4th, 5th and 6th, 1883. 



J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator, Dysartsville, N. C 

ADIN L. RUCKER, Clerk, ... .Rutherfordton, " 

HENRY PORTRUM, Treasurer, .-Ayr, 



RALEIGH : 
Edwards, Broughton & Co., Steam Power Printers and Binders. 

1883. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



Green River Baptist Asseeiatieri, 



HELD WITH THE 



Church at Rutherfordton, Rutherford Co,, N. C, 
October 4th, 5th and 6th, 1883. 



J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator, Dysartsville, N, C, 

ADIN L. RUCKER, Clerk, Rutherfordton, " 

HENRY PORTRUM, Treasurer, Ayr, 



RALEIGH : 
Edwards, Broughton & Co., Steam Power Printers and Binders. 

1883. 



Ordained Ministers. 

Elder C. C. Case, White Oak Hall, Polk County, N 

J. R. Denton, Dysartville, McDowell 

J. C. Grayson, " " 

Wm. Harrill .Forest City, Rutherford 

H. D. Harrill, 

J. H. Yarboro, " " 

C. B. Justice, Rutherfordton, " 

J. T. McFaddin, ' " " ■ ". 

E. L. Taylor, 

T. B. Justice, Mills' Spring, Polk 

W. H. Logan, Grassy Knob, Rutherford 

A. O. Lynch, Green Hill, 

A. McMahan, Poor's Ford, 

A. T. Jones, " 

J. H. Taylor, Grassy Knob, 

Joab Wilkie, Rutherfordton, 

Lewis McCurry, Dysartsville, McDowell 

John Holbert, Mills' Springs, Polk 

M. M. Landrum, Try on City, " 



Licentiates. 



A. Hunt, Gamble's Store, Rutherford County N. C. 

D. B. F. Harrill, Forest City, 

J. B. Thorn, " " " 

S. A. Bridges " *« " 

A. B. Mashburn, Marion, McDowell " 

J. M. Taylor, Rutherfordton, Rutherford " 

Elbert Jackson, Mills' Spring, Polk " 

W. S. Splawn, Wake Forest College, Wake 

J. R. Pendergrass, " " " " 



Board of Missions, 

Henry Portrum, Treasurer, Ayr, Rutherford County N. C. 

J. W. Morgan, Otter Creek, " " " 

J. L. Rucker, Rutherfordton," " " 

A.L.Grayson, u " " " 

Matt. McBrayer, Forest City, " " " 



PROCEEDINGS- 



RUTHERFORDTON, N, C. 

Thursday, Oct. 5, 188a 

1. The forty-fifth annual session of the Green River Baptist Asso- 
ciation convened with the Baptist church in Rutherfordton, N. C, 
at 11 o'clock to-day. 

2. Hymn: " There is a home in heaven for me, by and by." 

3. Prayer, Elder J. C. Grayson leading. 

4. Introductory sermon by Elder C. B. Justice, from Neh, 6: 3. "I 
am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down." 

5. Hymn : "I want to be a worker for the Lord." 

6. Prayer, Elder H. D. Harrill leading. 

7. Adjourned one hour and thirty minutes. 



Afternoon Session* 

8. After devotional exercises, conducted by Br, M. M. Landrum, 
the Association was called to order by the former Moderator, Elder 
J. C. Grayson. 

9. Elder C. B. Justice and brother A. L. Grayson were requested' 
to act as Assistant Clerks. 

10. The churches composing the Association were next called in. 
their order, letters read, and messengers enrolled as follows : 

FIRST DISTRICT. 

Cooper's Gap — Elder J. A. Taylor and brethren H. H. Gibbs,, W. 
E. Mills, J. G. Laughter, H. K. Corn, *M. A. Searcey. 

Chimney Rock — W. H. Earley, J. A. Williams. 

Big Level — Lewis Gowart, Lewis Yarboro. 

Bills €r$ek— -Elder W. H, Logan, and brethren P. F. Searcev, C. 
H. Minn, J. F. Logan, *J. M. Williams. 

Rock 8pring-~*Mev. A. O. Lynch, and brethren *Edison Lynch, 
H. Portrum. 

Mountain Creek— -N. C. Lovelace, W. T. Lewis, J. F. Edwards, 
A. L. Rucker. 

Silver Creek— Elbert Jackson, J. M. Hamilton, I. S. Higgins. 

Columbus — Dr. M. M. Landrum, and brethren Gray B. Hampton, 
James F. Ridings, 

White Oak — Martin L. Waldrop, *Otis I. Nelson, Wm. Reid. 

Pleasant Rill— Eider J. T. McFaddin, and brethren E..W. Keeter, 
A. J. Scoggin. 

Green River — T. G. Page, J. I. Ridings. 

SECOND DISTRICT. 

Stone Mountain — S. Bruce Grant, J. W. Haliord. 



4 Minutes of the 

Cherry Springs — Not represented. 

Zion Hill — Letter received Friday. No delegation. 

Bethlehem — A letter on Friday. No delegation. 

Bethel— A. B. Mashburn, Thomas Morris, *W. W. Nicholas, *W. 
C. Morris. 

Bysartsville — Elders J. C. Grayson, John R. Denton, and brethren 
A. B. Taylor, J. L. McCurry, L. G. L. Taylor, G. D. Taylor. 

Montford 1 s Cove — A. F. Morgan, *J. A. Nichols, J. A. Wilkerson. 

Piny Knob— A. B. Haynes, N. J. Bland, *G. B. Melton. 

Camp Creek — W. F. Nix, B. Biggerstaff. 

Cane Creek — A. E. Wilson, R. K. Wilson. , 

Round Hill — L. L. Deck, R. H. Barnes, Wm. M. Nanney, Amos 
Nanney. 

THIRD DISTRICT. r 

M. Vernon— W. O. Wallace, R. O. Ledbetter, W. B. Freeman, N. 
J. Rollins. 

Rutherfordton— Elders T. B. Justice, C. B. Justice, *E. L. Taylor, 
and brethren A. L. Grayson, Z. T. Whiteside, W. L. Lynch. 

Shiloh — Elders *Joab Wilkie, A. T. Jones, and brethren William 
McDonald, A. B. Jones, W. P. Ruppe, D. J. Culbreth, 

Holly Spring — Elders *C. C. Case, and brethren W. R. Steadman, 
*J. G. Snider. 

Mt. Zion — Elder *Lewis McCurry, and brethren J. B. Price, J. V. 
Deviney. 

Mt. Pleasant — Elder A. McMahan and brethren B. McMahan, T. 
J. Goforth. 

Floyd's Creek— J. C. Padgett, T. C. Harris. 

Cool Spring— Elders *Wm. Harrill, H. D. Harrill J. H. Yarboro, 
and brethren J. B. Blanton, Matt. McBrayer, M. H. Flack. 

Mt. Lebanon — M, D. Wilson, Joseph Scoggin. 

First Broad — J. M. Melton, Jr., J. C. Fortune, J. L. Gamble. 



*Absent. 

11. Invitation extended to newly constituted churches, and 
churches dismissed from other Associations with a view to joining 
this Association. None applied. 

12. After a song by the choir, the Association proceeded with the 
election of officers with the following result : Moderator, Elder J. 
C. Grayson ; Clerk, Adin L. Rucker. 

13. On motion, the order of business of last year is adopted for 
this evening only. 

14. Corresponding Messengers invited to seats, and accepted by 
the following : 

Kings Mountain Association — Elders G. W. Rollins, A. A. Mc- 
Swain, J. B. Bridges, and brother A. B. Blanton; Elder Bridges 
representing the Prof. C. E. Taylor in the endowment of Wake For- 
est College. 

South Fork Association — Elder J. K. Faulkner and brother J. L. 
Wilkie ; Elder Faulkner representing State Missions, Board of Edu- 
cation, and the completion of Lincolnton church. 

Catawba River Association — Elder G. W. Harman, representing 
the completion of the church at Old Fort. 

15. Invitation extended so as to include any brethren from a dis- 



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tance, who are in any way connected with the interests of the de* 
nomination in the state, which was accepted by Elder P. H. Pernell, 
of Louisburg, representing the Home Mission Board; brother J. C. 
Scarborough, of Raleigh, representing general education. ; Elder W. 
T. Jordan, of Lumberton, representing the Biblical Recorder. 

16. The following committees were appointed : 

Foreign Missions — Elders H. D. Harrill, C. B. Justice, G. W. Har- 
man. 

Education — Elder C. B. Justice, J. C. Scarborough. 

Religious Exercises — Pastor and Deacons of Rutherfordton 
church. 

State Missions— -Elder s J. K. Faulkner, W. T. Jordan and Bro. J. 
A. Wilkerson. 

Periodicals — Elders W. T. Jordan, G. W. Rollins, Dr. M. M. Lan- 
drum. 

17. By special motion, on 

Home Missions — Elders P. H. Pernell, T. B. Justice. 

18. On motion, the Moderator and Clerk are instructed to report 
i 'Order of Business" to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock. 

19. Prayer, Elder G. W. Rollins leading. 

20. Adjourned until 9 o'clock to-morrow. Benediction by Elder 
W. T. Jordan. 



SECOND DAY. 

Friday, October 5th, 1883. 

21. The Association re-assembled in the house at 9 o'clock. Praise 
service conducted by Elder J. M. Bridges as follows : 

22. Hymn, ''There is a fountain filled with blood." 

23. Prayer, Elder Gr. W. Harman leading. 

24. Lesson, Deuteronomy 10th chapter, and beginning at 20th 
verse. 

25. "Hymn, " Come thou Fount of every blessing." 
2Q. Prayer, Elder J. M. Bridges leading. 

27. " There's a land of love, shining far above." (Song.) 

28. Prayer, Elder J. C. Grayson leading. 

29. The Association called to order by the Moderator. 

30. Roll called and absentees marked. 

31. Minutes of yesterday read and approved. 

32. Report on "Order of Business" read and adopted as follows: 

Your committee on Order of Business submit the following ar- 
rangement of the different subjects likely to come prominently be- 
fore the body : 

(1.) Meet at 9 A. M. each day, sermon at 11, recess of an hour and 
a half, meet again, and adjourn at pleasure. 

(2.) Call the roll. 

(3.) Read proceeding of previous day. 

(4.) Read Rules of Order. 

(5.) Appoint committees. 



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(6.) Call for reports of committees and consider queries from 
churches. 

(7.) Appoint Corresponding Messengers. 
(8.) Appoint Union Meeting and ministers to attend. 
(9.) Appoint time and place of next Association and minister to 
preach Introductory sermon. 

(10.) Appoint delegates to Baptist State Convention. 
(11.) Miscellaneous business. 

J. C. Graxson, 
A. L. Rucker, 

Committee. 

33. On motion, Order of Business is suspended requiring the Clerk 
to read Rules of Order. 

34. Elder O. T. Gregory, Secretary State Baptist Convention, and 
Bro. J. H. Mills, Superintendent Oxford Orphan Asylum, are recog- 
nized and invited to seats in this Association, which were accepted. 

35. The following additional committees were announced by the 
Moderator : 

(1.) Finance— L. L. Deck, A. B. Mashburn, J. M. Melton. 
(2.) Temperance — Elder J. R. Denton, R. K. Wilson. 
(3.) Sunday Schools— -Dr. M. M. Landrum, Rev. J. H. Taylor, 
Rev. W. H. Logan, T. C. Page. 

36. Elder W. T. Jordan read the report on Periodicals as follows ; 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

It is every Christian's duty to aid in the circulation of a healthy 
religious literature. No obscene or immoral reading should find its 
way into any family or community. 

Parents owe it to their children to make their homes attractive by 
supplying them with good books and good papers. Pastors owe it 
to their churches to keep them posted in the work of the Master in 
the denomination, and nothing can do this more effectually than a 
reliable paper. We believe the Biblical Recorder, the organ of our 
Convention, to be safe in doctrine and in every way efficient and re- 
liable. We also commend Kind Words as the best Sunday School 
paper, the Foreign Journal and the Blue Ridge Baptist. 

W. T. Jordan, 
M. M. Landrum, 
G. W. Rollins, 

Committee. 

Elder C. B. Justice knows of no agency equal to the Recorder 
as a medium of religious communication and instruction. It tells 
of the work of the several boards of the State Baptist Convention. 
Knows a brother that takes the Outlook-— takes it himself, but uses 
it for kindling-wood. The Recorder is needed to stir us up. The 
brethren all over the State become acquainted through it. 

Elder W. T. Jordan thanks Bro. Justice for his words of en- 
couragement. Is not well, but thinks he should say something. 
His church at Lumberton has granted him a vacation of three 
months to travel for the Recorder. The people are afraid of sewing- 
machine and book agents. Does not feel embarrassed in represent- 
ing the Recorder, for the brethren only want an opportunity to sub- 
scribe for it. Is not personally acquainted with many of the 
brethren of this Association but he knows through the Recorder the 



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names of the brethren whom he expects to meet here. If you wish 
to keep up with the work of the denomination take it. Good liter- 
ature at fair prices is cheaper than bad at nothing. You owe it to 
your family to make home attractive. Why do more farmers' wives 
go crazy than any other class? Because of that incessant, never 
ending routine of daily labor incident to farm life. Farmers, take 
the Recorder for your wives and children. One of the best evi- 
dences of a man's business and religious worth is the fact that he is 
a subscriber to the Recorder. 

Bro. J. H. Mills — Relates the story of a young man who read 
the "History of a London Robber," and the poisonous effect it had 
on his mind, and his subsequent death on the gallows. Better sup- 
ply your children with good, sound, healthy literature. They will 
read something. The Apostles did not need the papers in their day 
that are necessary now. The Jews occupied a small tract of country 
on the east of the Mediterranean sea. Pompey had just cleared it 
of pirates, so that people even sent their children across it to school. 
The world, as it was then known, was simply one community laved 
by the waters of the Mediterranean and adjacent seas. Paul was a 
great observer. He even said something about the fashions of the 
ladies; the dresses being so similar in these provinces. But how 
different now ! The whole world has been traversed by man except 
the extreme poles ; and many now are constantly hazarding fortunes 
and lives to get there. The world must keep posted. Hopes there 
is no delegate present who does not take at least one religious paper. 
•'A stranger feels this much interest in you. 1 ' 

Elder T. B. Justice — Has been a subscriber to the Recorder 
for many years, and expects to take it as long as he lives. Would 
as soon beg for money to pay for it as to pay for his bread. He also 
enjoys reading the Blue Ridge Baptist. Thinks it well worth the 
price — $1 a year — to any one wishing to take it. 

Dr. M. M. Lajvdrum states that he represents the Blue Ridge 
Baptist and will receipt for subscriptions to it. 

Elder Gf. W. Harmaist — You may call me a book agent or not as 
you like. I have a few books along which I wish to sell to any of 
the brethren who may wish them. I always carry a supply with me. 

Elder O. F. Gregory — Will receive subscriptions to the Foreign 
Mission Journal. We pray, L ' Thy kingdom come." How much do 
we mean it? The Recorder tells us every week. This is being 
done. Take more of the religious literature of the denomination. 
The more we read the more we are willing to give. 

Dr. Lasdrum speaks for Kind Wo?°ds. 

Elder P. H. Pernell — The first thing I did when I arrived in 
your town was to go to the post office. Why? To hear from my 
family. The Recorder is a letter every week from the great Bap- 
tist family of North Carolina. I quit taking the Recorder a while 
once. I got cold and thought of quitting my calling. , I did not 
know what was wrong, but I do now. The Recorder was lacking, 
I do not propose to let my subscription run out again. 

Bro. J. C. Scarborough — We forget sometimes that we are citi- 
zens of a great commonwealth. Take the Recorder and other 
papers also. We should not confine our reading to one paper. 
Subscribe for your county paper. We should become a reading 
people. As Baptists don't be narrow-minded. As a denomination 
we will best .succeed by reading. 

The report is adopted. 



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37. On motion, the report on Foreign Missions is made special 
order for 2 o'clock to-day. 

38. The hour of 11 o'clock having arrived, the business is sus- 
pended for preaching. 

39. Hymn, ""There is a beautiful story." 

40. Prayer, Elder O. P. Gregory leading. 

41. Hymn, " Simply trusting Christ to-day." 

42. Sermon, Elder P. H. Pernell, from 2d Cor., 13: 5. "Examine 
yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves."' 

HEADS OF DIVISIONS. 

I. An earnest longing to get away from sin. 

II. A turning away from sin in heart and in practice. 

III. Unfeigned gratitude to God. 

IV. "Thy will be done." 

V. Love for God T s people. 

VI. A forgiving spirit. 

VII. An earnest desire for the salvation of others. 

VIII. A readiness to forsake everything to follow Christ. 

IX. Love for the Bible. 

X. Longing to be with Jesus. 

43. After usual and special announcements,, and the song,. " Bear 
ye one another's burdens," adjourned one hour. 

44. Benediction, Elder J. C. Grayson. 

Afternoon Session. 

45. Hymn. " I hear thy welcome voice. " 

46. Elder P. H. Pernell read the report on Home Missions, 
which was as follows : 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

The Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention 
has undertaken a great work for the Master. They propose to try r 
during the conventional year, to raise in the Southern States $76,000. 
They have proportioned this amount among the different States, and 
ask of North Carolina $5,000. Bro. A. G. McManaway, the Vice- 
President for North Carolina, in counsel with other wise and pru- 
dent brethren, has proportioned this amount among the different 
Associations of the State, and. asks of the Green River Association 
$100, which amount we hope the churches composing this Associa- 
tion will raise during the conventional year. The demands on 
this Board are very pressing, and the cry is coming up from nearly 
every State, ' ' Come over and help us. ? We feel that this Board 
has been very much neglected in North Carolina, and therefore we 
recommend to the pastors and churches than they do all in their 
power to raise the $100 asked for, and let the glorious work go on. 
Respectfully submitted, P. H. Pernell, 

T. B. Justice. 

Pending the motion to adopt, 

Elder P. H. Pernell said : — Three words thrill every heart — 
mother, home and heaven. I came here to represent Elder A. G. 
McManaway, of Louisburg, who is one of the vice-presidents of the 
Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. We ask 



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the Green River Association for one hundred dollars. Bro. Ray has 
made a map of North Carolina representing the location of nearly 
all the Baptist churches in the State. Some one has said, " North 
Carolina for Jesus." JLet our motto be, " The United States for Je- 
sus." The Indians have greater claims upon us than we are apt to 
recognize. The few that are left, now but a handful, have been 
pressed further and further west beyond the pale of civilization; 
and are being driven even now on and on before the more powerful 
civilization of the Anglo Saxon race. The very land upon which we 
and our homes now stand was once the property of the red man. 

Here the Moderator interrupted the speaker, and announced that 
the hour for the special order had arrived, the consideration of the 
report on Foreign Missions. 

By motion of Elder C. B. Justice, the rules are suspended and the 
time extended 30 minutes for the further consideration of the report 
on Home Missions. 

Elder Pernell then proceeded to lay the claims of the Board 
before the people. Tells what the Board has done and is doing. 
Speaks of the territory embraced by the Convention, and the des- 
titution at many important points to the Baptists. He represents the 
same work that the lamented Elder Elias Bodson represented at the 
time of Ms death, and to whose memory he pays an eloquent tribute. 

At the close of his remarks a hat collection was taken for the Home 
Mission Board amounting to $11.00. 

The report was adopted. 

47. Elder H. B. Harrikl read the following report on Foreign 
Missions : 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The Foreign Mission Board has in its employ 68 missionaries, 30 of 
whom are native assistants. They are laboring in China, Italy, Af- 
rica, Brazil and Mexico. There are 1,032 members in the native 
churches, 561 pupils in the schools, and last year 124 were baptized. 
The cost of maintaining this "work last year was $56,804.71. The 
Board proposes to raise this year §100,000, and have asked North 
Carolina to raise §8, 000. The quota of Green River Association is 
$100, and we recommend that we endeavor to raise this amount be- 
fore the 1st of April next, and remit the same promptly to Bro. B. F. 
Montague, Treasurer of Baptist State Convention, Raleigh, N. C. 

The Central Committee of Woman's Mission Societies in North 
Carolina has been located in Charlotte, with Mrs. O. F. Gregory as 
President, and Mrs. A. B. Todd as Corresponding Secretary. We 
recommend the formation of Woman's Mission Societies in every 
church, and that they report to and co-operate with the Contra! 
Committee. 

We learn from the last report of the Board that seven new labor- 
ers were sent last year into the field, and yet every mission sta- 
tion is calling for reinforcements. Great is the need of men and 
money to carry the gospel "to every creature;" but a greater need 
is that the Holy Spirit shall deepen Christian conviction as to the 
obligation to give the gospel to the nations of the world. 

H. D. Harrill, 
G. W. Harmax, 
C. B. Justice, 

Committee. 



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Pending motion to adopt, Elder O. F. Gregory addressed the 
body. Tells of the needs of the Board — of the trials of our foreign 
missionaries: Yates, Graves and Crawford in Clrina; Walker and 
Pruett in Siam ; Taylor in Italy ; David in Africa. Speaks also of 
mission work in Mexico and Brazil. Thinks many of our churches 
are not doing their duty in this matter. One church with 88 mem- 
bers gave 25 cents ; fourteen gave nothing. Giving is a grace as 
much as faith, hope or other christian virtues. Recommends monthly 
meetings to pray over and talk pJbout missions. 

Elder C. B. Justice feels like making a speech, but will get the 
choir to sing it. 

The choir sang, "There is a wail from the Islands of the sea," 
after which the delegates pledged the following amounts to be paid 
by their respective churches on or before the first of April next, as 
indicated in the report : 

Piny Knob, $ 2 00 

Camp Creek 2 00 

Cane Creek, 2 00 

Round Hill 3 00 

Mt. Vernon, 5 00 

Shiloh, 2 00 

Mt. Zion 2 50 

Mt. Pleasant, 5 00 

Cool Spring, 10 00 

Mt. Lebanon,... 3 00 

First Broad 2 00 

Hat collection, cash, 3 00 



Cooper's Gap, $ 5 00 

Chimney Rock, 2 00 

Big Level, 2 00 

Bill's Creek, ............. 5 00 

Rock Spring, 10 00 

Mountain Creek, 5 00 

Silver Creek, ,\. . 5 00 

Columbus, 5 00 

White Oak, 5 00 

Pleasant Hill, 2 50 

Green River, 5 00 

Stone Mountain, 2 00 

Dysartsville, 10 00 

Rutherdfordton, 15 00 | Total, $123 00 

Montf ord's Cove, 3 00 ' 

The report was then adopted. 

48. Corresponding messengers appointed to attend the several As- 
sociations, as named below: 

(1.) King's Mountain — Convenes with the church at Big Spring, 
12 miles northwest of Shelby, N. C, on Thursday before the 4th 
Sabbath in September, 1884. Elders J. H. Yarboro, J. C. Grayson, 
H. D. Harrill and brother J. B. Blanton. 

(2.) Broad River, which convenes with the church at ■ , 

embracing the 1st Sunday in September, 1884. Elders J. H. Yarboro, 
C. B. Justice and Dr. M. M. Landrum. 

(3.) Catawba River, which convenes with the church at Smyrna, 
Burke county, 12 miles northwest of Morganton, and embracing the 
2nd Sunday in October, 1881. Elder J. C. Grayson. 

49. On motion, it is agreed that the next Union Meeting of this 
Association be held with the church at Dysartsville, beginning on 
Friday, the 29th day of August, 1884. The following ministers were 
appointed to attend: J. H. Yarboro, C. B. Justice, M. M. Landrum, 
J. H. Taylor, J. M. Taylor. 

50. On motion it is agreed to open correspondence with the Hen- 
derson County Association, which will convene with the church in 
Henderson ville, IS. C, on Thursday before the 2nd Sunday in Octo- 
ber, 1884. 



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Messengers appointed under this motion are: Elder C. B. Justice, 
and brethren H. Portrum, A. L. Grayson and I. S. Higgins. 

51. On motion, Elder C. B. Justice, agreed to meet in the next 
Annual Session with the church at Pleasant Hill on Thursday before 
the first Sunday in October, 1884. Dr. M. M. Landram to preach 
the Introductory Sermon ; Elder W. H. Logan, alternate. 

52. Elders J. H. Taylor and C. B. Justice present the claims of 
Big Level church ; and it is agreed that the Association may contri- 
bute at pleasure to the fund for the completion of the house being 
built at that place. 

53. Further services announced. 

54. Adjourned till 9 o'clock to-morrow, after prayer by Elder H. 
D. Harriil. 

Benediction, Elder J. H. Yarboro. 

Night Service. 

55. Elder O. F. Gregory preached in the Baptist church at 7 p. m. 
Text: Matt. 6: 34, " Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." 

After the service a collection was taken to aid the brethren in 
Charlotte to complete their church building, amounting to §23. 00. 



THIRD DAY. 

Saturday, October 6th, 1883. 

56. Association met pursuant to adjournment. 

57. Hymn, " How firm a foundation," &c. 

58. Praver, J. C. Scarborough leading. 

59. Lesson, Job 29— J. H. Mills. 

60. Prayer, Dr. M. M. Landrum. 

61. Hymn, "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound." 

Elder G. W. Harman" said: I greatly love and appreciate the old 
hymns. This finds a response in every Christian heart. It is true 
that some of the new hymns are fine, but there are others that I 
have no sympathy for. I do not like the one beginning, ' ' I want to 
be an Angel." I expect by God's grace to be something higher and 
nobler than an angel — an adopted son and heir of God. Give me 
the old songs so full of inspiration and power. ' ' By the grace of 
God I am what I am." 

Bro. J. C. Scarborough — Job must have been endowed with a 
great deal of grace. He gave his great wealth to the glory of God. 
Who has not heard of Alexander H. Stephens — of his early life and its 
trials? How determined he was under the most unfavorable circum- 
stances — poverty, orphanage, and bad health — to succeed ; and how 
grandly he achieved learning, wealth and fame; and how nobly he 
used his great power of mind and money to help to elevate others. 

Job was largely endowed with the desire to help others. It was 
not the loss of his children which made him weep, but rather that 
of his wealth; because he could no longer help the struggling, fam- 
ishing poor as be had accustomed himself to do. We should only 
desire riches that we can be enabled to glorify God more. Let the 
lesson be— The more wealth the more consecration. 



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Bro. J. H. Mills wishes to say some things about "Baptist 
Usage." What are the deacons of your churches doing? Are they 
simply handing the bread and wine; and is this all? If so, the 
office should be abolished. The pastors can do this without much 
additional thought, time or labor. 

Let me suggest that one be made treasurer, three to look after the 
inside, and three the outside poor. I believe a deacon has the right 
to preach. Stephen preached a very good sermon once. I knew a 
pious widow once, but she died. Her little girl does not attend Sun- 
day school now. She has not sufficient clothing. What are the 
deacons of that church doing? I hired a man to chop wood who 
did not attend church because he had no coat. 

If your poor toiling brother has no coat get him one. The rich 
are met by the usher at the door and conducted to the best seats; 
the poor are neglected at the churches and on the streets. Job 
made the widow's heart sing. 

I knew a man by the name of Bell who kept a mill. He was very 
popular, but he died. His family now are very poor. I went to see 
them once, and valued the furniture at one dollar and fifty cents. 
They do not attend church now. What are the deacons of that 
church doing? 

I knew a stingy Baptist once who charged Dr. Wingate two dol- 
lars for riding a few miles with him in his buggy to an association. 
This brother was worth twelve thousand dollars. I stayed all night 
with him in 1869. He did not charge me. I abused him all night. 
In 1873 he and his wife were both dead, and his grand children are 
now in the Orphan Asylum at Oxford. I took four children from 
the families of a rich church on the Chowan River to the same asy- 
lum. All they knew of religion was that "A man prayed when 
mother was buried." What were the deacons of that church doing? 
I was deacon of a church myself once. I have many things to re- 
gret with reference to my action, rather my inaction, during this 
time. Hunt up your poor and provide for their wants. We are 
crazy over numbers. We need more workers, more piety, more lib- 
erality, more zeal. I heard a Jewish Rabbi say in a speech that, 
' ' The Jews don't travel on Sunday. They give a tenth of all they 
have." They are ahead of us in these matters. But I did not in- 
tend to talk so long. 

62. Prayer, Elder J. C. Grayson leading. 

63. On motion, the rules of order were suspended requiring the 
Clerk to read minutes of yesterday, and the calling of the roll until 
evening. 

Elder R. D. Mallory, President Shelby Female College, was recog- 
nized, and, upon invitation, accepted a seat. 

64. Bro. Z. T. Whiteside expressed a wish to renew the claims 
of Big Level church, presented by Elder J. H. Taylor yesterday 
evening, and asks permission to take a collection for said church to 
assist in the completion of their house of worship. The request be- 
ing granted, a collection was taken amounting to ten dollars ($10) 
and turned over to Bro. Lewis Yarboro. 

65. Dr. M. M. Landrum read the report on Sunday Schools. 
The Association was addressed by Bro. J. H. Mills, Elder G. 

W. Harman, Elder J. K. Faulkner, Elder C. B. Justice, Bro. 
J. C. Scarborough, and adopted as follows : 



Green River Baptist Association. 13 

REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

This department of Christian labor has become very widely ex- 
tended, so much so, indeed, that but few churches are recognized as 
efficiently equipped for service which do not establish and sustain 
Sunday Schools. Amid the multiplied interests which claim the at- 
tention of workers for Christ, there are few which appeal to our sense 
of religious obligation with greater urgency than this. For what 
can be more important, or more likely to secure the approving smile 
of Him who took little children in His arms and blessed them, than 
to plant in the tender hearts of youth the principles of heavenly 
truth, and instruct them to commit their eternal interests to the 
"Holy Child Jesus!" 

It is cheering and encouraging to be able to announce the fact 
that, with but few exceptions, there is a Sunday School in every 
church of this body. We are of opinion that there is at least im- 
provement, and that each church should regard the Sunday School 
as a proper part of its work for Christ, and not an enterprise separate 
and distinct from it ; that next to the preaching of the gospel by the 
embassadors of- Christ, nothing would be better calculated to en- 
hance the value and conduce to the prosperity of any church than 
for the entire membership, old and young, to constitute themselves 
into a school for the study of God's Word every Lord's day. There 
is an additional reason for urging this course upon the churches, 
which is that by this means they will measurably avoid the peril of 
encouraging (he idea in the minds of the children that the Sunday 
School is a sort of little church of their own, with which the grown 
up people have nothing to do. The exercises of the Sunday School 
should melt insensibly into the public exercises of the sanctuary, or 
be succeeded by them ; and we shall thereby avoid the danger of 
alienating the minds of the children from the church and its divinely 
appointed ordinances. We think it also of great importance that a 
careful supervision of the literature which comes into our Sunday 
schools should be made by competent persons. We should see to it 
that in the books and papers which are put into the hands of our 
pupils there is nothing shuffled, nothing concealed, nothing compro- 
mised, affecting those principles which Christ has given us to con- 
serve and to propagate. In short, we should encourage the dissem- 
ination of no literature that is not distinctly and emphatically bap- 
tistic. Respectfully submitted, 

M. M. Laxdrum, Ch'n, 
T. C. Page, 
W. H. Logan, 
J. H. Taylor, 

Committee. 
66. Elder J. K. Faulkner read the report on State Missions as 
follows : 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

During the last conventional year the State Mission Board had 
under its supervision thirty-eight missionaries reporting their work, 
in whole or in part, to the Secretary, Bro. John E. Ray. 

To these are accredited as the result of their labors three hundred 
and ninety-six conversions and baptisms, with twelve churches or- 
ganized. The Secretary received and disbursed $3,270.56. 



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We are yet in the midst of the labors and anxieties of the present 
year. The Board has under appointment twenty-seven missionaries, 
besides twenty-seven others reporting through the different Associa- 
tions, making fifty-four in all. 

The Board is in arrears with the missionaries, and Bro. Ray is now 
calling for two thousand dollars in order to report no indebtedness 
at the meeting of the Convention in November next. This will 
necessitate an increased effort on the part of the pastors and 
churches all over the State. This Association was, in some Avay, 
pledged to contribute one hundred dollars during the year. We 
have reported in the letters to this body $107.72. This virtually de- 
clares the Association out of debt, in this particular. However, the 
present needs and future expectations of the Board call for in- 
creased liberality. Will you do your part? The chief business of 
the church and the greatest pleasure of the Christian is to fulfill the 
commission — -"Preach the gospel to every creature." 

The State Board of the Convention is a favorite medium of com- 
munication with our own people and fellow citizens. Through it let 
us come up to the help of the Lord our God. 

J. K. Faulkner, 
J. A. Wilkerson, 
W. T. Jordan. 

Pending the motion to adopt Elder J. K. Faulkner said: I 
came to ask you to contribute one hundred dollars — -the amount ap- 
portioned to your Association by the State Convention ; but I find 
from the church letters sent up that you paid during the Associa- 
tional year one hundred and seven ($107) dollars. The Board needs 
two thousand dollars additional, but I am at a loss to know just 
what part of this amount your Association should pay. The State 
Mission Board owes the missionaries in their employ for nearly six 
months. Fifty-four are working in the State by direct contract 
with this body and of the different Associations composing it. I 
shall simply ask you to contribute at pleasure. I shall not ask for a 
collection now. 

I do not like the word tenth, because no such requisition is needed. 
The tenth is a rigid, ours a flexible rule of giving. Accumulation 
is not needed now if we have faith in ourselves for the future. Ac- 
cumulation and faith are very different things. A German traveler 
found a family sitting over the embers of their recently burnt dwell- 
ing, and in Teutonic accents tendered the father ten dollars as the 
price of his sympathy. Are Ave to consider relative amounts? If 
so, I congratulate you. Probably the State Board did not properly 
rate the worth of the Green River Association. If not, pay more. 
We should give the first of the first fruits unto the Lord — not the 
last dollar in the price of a bale of cotton or anything else. Do 
not wait until you see whether or not you can think how you may 
expend every dollar before you make an offering to the Lord. 1 
knew a brother who sold a load of tobacco for ninety dollars. He 
did not expect to get more than forty or fifty dollars for it. In cases 
like this I think it would be well to make a large thank-offering to 
the Lord. I cannot conclude more appropriately than by a quota- 
tion from St. Paul, "May the Lord increase you more and more." 

Elder C. B. Justice said : You must come up to this Associa- 
tion next year out of debt. I will send a postal card once every 



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three months to the brethren reminding them of their duty. We 
will not take a collection now. There will be no necessity in taking 
a collection next year for any of the general boards of the State 
Convention, if the brethren will only do their duty. The ouly calls 
for help will be special calls. I know a Baptist brother worth five 
or ten thousand dollars who gave 25 cents for missions. Surely the 
poor have the gospel preached through other agencies than this. We 
are not doing what we should do. The Women's Mission Societies 
are doing a great work. If the brethren don't collect, I'll send cards 
to the sisters. Don't call it begging; it is legitimate work. It is not 
begging, collecting the Lord's money. Pastors, let us do our duty. 
Bro. H. Portrum don't think the Baptists of North Carolina and 
of the Green River Association are stingy. They only need informa- 
tion respecting their duty. They are seeking for this information and 
should have it. He was appointed on the Board of Missions last 
year— told how he did at his church, (Rock Spring), and how a very 
poor widow with five children made their contributions. Here are 
the figures: 

General Smith, 5 cents per month, 12 months, . . . $ 60 

Rebecca Smith, 2 " " " . 24 

Maggie Smith, 1 " " " ... 12 

Columbus Smith, 1 " " . . 12 

Total, . . . .••.;. . . . $1 08 

67. Business suspended at 11 o'clock for preaching. 

68. Hymn; " All hail the power of Jesus' name. " 

69. Prayer, Elder J. K. Faulkner leading. 

70. Sermon : Elder J. M. Bridges, from 2nd chapter of Acts, 1st 
and 47th verses : ' ' And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, 
they were all with one accord in one place. * * * And the Lord 
added to the church daily such as should be saved." 

71. After the usual announcements, and the song "O prodigal, 
don't stay away," adjourned one hour and 15 minutes. 

72. Benediction, Elder J. K. Faulkner. 

Afternoon Session. 

73. The Association re-assembled in the house at 1:30 p. m. 

74. Hymn: " Come, thou Fount of every blessing." 

The subject of State Missions recurring upon the motion to adopt 
the report, 

Elder W. T. Jordan said : This is one of the most important 
reports that will be presented to the consideration of this body. 
Within one year 27 towns have been supplied with houses and preach- 
ing. Relates in this connection the story of a rusty engine that Avas 
cleaned and fixed up, and went bounding across the country with a 
mighty train of cars drawn after it. The brethren only need steam- 
ing and fixing up to do a mighty work in North Carolina. The Bap- 
tists of the State represent a lion asleep. They need only to be 
awakened. The people are hungering for information, which the 
pastors must give them. Christian experience is common property. 
I will relate a part of my own. I have been in the ministry five years. 
When I went to Robeson county, I found nothing but destitution— 
neither Baptist churches nor preaching. I arrived there $45 in debt, 



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with two sermons as my stock in trade. One of these I delivered in 
Rockingham, the other at Laurinburg, and was forced to preach one 
of them a second time at Lumberton. During my five years stay 
they have expended for all purposes more than eighteen thousand 
dollars. This includes, of course, the cost of building three (3) churches ; 
one of which, that at Laurinburg, cost £2,600, and the one at Lum- 
berton $6,000. The church at Lumberton is very much such a build- 
ing as this — the seating capacity, finish and style being very similar. 
The church at Laurinburg pays brother Stough $600 for two Sundays. 
The church at Lumberton paid me first year $200. They are paying 
me now $700. From these facts the brethren may be able to gather 
some idea of what we are doing in my county. Again : Some peo- 
ple complain because, as they allege, our best preachers leave us and 
go to other fields of labor. What use would you have for a whale 
without water for him to swim in? It would be best to get the water 
first and then get the whale. Take the preachers you have and pay 
them so they can attend to the duties of their pastorates, and you 
will be surprised that you have raised your whale at home. It is said 
that the dust at the base of a mountain is much finer than at the 
summit. The greater the pressure the more strength you have. The 
more you give the more you are enabled to give. The speaker here 
pays a touching tribute to a lady missionary, who before the moment 
of her departure came, went into her private room for the last time 
and prayed, " O, God, give me strength for this hour," and brushing 
the tears hastily from her cheeks, came out and bade her son adieu ; 
"because," said she, "I would not for the world have him know 
that I even shed a tear in the discharge of a christian duty." 

The report was adopted. 

75. Elder C. B. Justice read the report on Education, as follows: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION. 

MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The education and proper training of our ministers for efficient 
work in the preaching of the Gospel to the unsaved and in training 
and disciplining the churches for the work which the Lord has given 
them to do, stands first in importance to us as Baptists and to the 
progress at home and abroad of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we 
believe and hold it. 

The churches must be trained, taught in the Word. The preacher 
must be the teacher of the church. If he is not qualified to teach 
the members of his church will remain untrained and the works of 
the Lord will not prosper in his hand. An examination into the his- 
tory of our brethren who have been aided by the Board of Educa- 
tion of our Convention, in the prosecution of their studies at Wake 
Forest College in preparation for the work of the ministry, will 
show that, with but few exception, they have been the earnest 
friends and promoters of Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State 
Missions, Sunday Schools, Church Extension and of every object 
that is for the glory of God and the good of souls. When the cause 
of ministerial education has been properly presented to the churches 
and the facts in reference to the work of the Education Board have 
been given, the members of the churches have responded with their 
contributions to sustain the work and with their prayers for God's 



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blessings on the brethren seeking thus to qualify themselves for the 
preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are informed that 
there are now at Wake Forest College about thirty-five young breth- 
ren who are striving to secure an education that they may enlarge 
their usefulness as ministers of the New Testament. The Board oi 
Education will need enlarged contributions from the churches if 
these brethren are to be aided. We therefore ask the pastors of the 
churches of this Association to present the claims of the Education 
Board to their churches and endeavor to secure liberal contributions 
to the cause of ministerial education. We advise all our brethren 
who are impressed with the duty of preaching and have satisfactory 
evidence that they are called of God to the work of the Gospel min- 
istry, to seek as thorough training as possible for their work under 
competent teachers; and we urge the churches to aid them in their 
efforts in this preparation. 

THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN. 

The Baptist State Convention at its session with the church at 
Warrenton in 1882, set aj3art a time for t/13 discussion of the ques- 
tion of General Education ainong our people. This action of the 
Convention was, in the opinion of your commiitee, wise and emi- 
nently proper. It sets a good example before the Associations and 
becomes a precedent which should be followed by all our Associa- 
tions and Union Meetings, for the discussion of this all-important, 
and yet, strange to say, much neglected subject. Very many of our 
people are neglecting, under one plea and another, the education 
and proper training of their children. Many have come to regard 
the subject of educating their children, not as a duty which they 
must meet in the fear of God and discharge to the very best of their 
ability, but as a matter of little consequence to themselves and to 
their children, and as something which they may do or not as they 
choose. 

We think that the parent who neglects the education of a child 
and fails to train the child for usefulness incurs thereby a fearful re- 
sponsibility, violates a religious obligation and commits a sin of .fear- 
ful consequences. We therefore urge upon, our people a careful, a 
prayerful consideration of this subject. Will God hold us guiltless 
for this indifference to and neglect of a sacred duty ? We think not. 
Then let us act promptly. There is no time to lose. What is to be 
done must be done quickly. 

We should seek to build up good schools in every community and 
to hold up the hands of ail true educators of youth, and hold to the 
position that the school is for building up the children and not the 
children for building up the schools merely. . 

We believe that Wake Forest College is worthy of our highest 
commendation for the work it has done for the denomination in the 
education of ministers and laymen for usefulness in the churches 
and in the education of our citizens for usefulness in society and ser- 
vice to the State. 

The Board of Trustees of the College, through Bro. C. E. Taylor, 
is endeavoring to increase the endowment fund to §100,000 that it 
may be placed on a sure basis and that its course of instruction may 
be enlarged and improved. We recommend that our brethren aid 
as liberally as possible in this important work. 



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We would recommend to the Baptists of this Association the Bap- 
tist Female College at Shelby, II C, in charge of Elder R. D. 
Mallary, assisted by an efficient corps of teachers. It is worthy of 
the support of our brethren. 

We would call attention to Judson College, located at Henderson- 
ville, N. C, and presided over by our, dear Bro. Boone, as one worthy 
of our support and patronage. 

C. B. Justice, 
J. C. Scarborough, 
Committee. 

Bro. J. G. Scarborough spoke: I shall speak for all schools, 
and lor the education of the masses. I think this report the most 
important that has been, or that will be, presented to the considera- 
tion of this body. I would not be understood as putting the claims 
of education before those of religion. The ignorant can and do re- 
ceive Christ. But, without education, no progress can exist. It is 
the handmaiden of" religion. I am a member of the State Mission 
Board. This Board may establish churches through your liberality 
all over the State ; but without the education of the masses these 
churches must die. I have some appalling statistics to present to 
your notice, but hope to be able to put them in such a form as not 
to seem dry. There are in North Carolina, according to the census 
returns of 1880, 145,296 persons that can neither read the Scriptures 
nor the ballot they vote. Of these 87,076 are colored, and the re- 
mainder, 58,218, are white. More illiteracy exists among the women 
than among the men. Taking the whole population, nine states are 
below us — taking the white population alone, only one. Strange to 
say, our brother in black raises our standard of intelligence upon a 
comparison with our sister states of the South. The colored peo- 
ple have made greater progress in North Carolina than in most of the 
Southern States since the schools have been opened up to them. It is 
hoped that every Christian and patriot in our grand old State will con- 
tribute something toward their elevation to an intelligent and chris- 
tian citizenship. It is a duty we owe them. I hope my countrymen 
will not think I underrate them. I can only commiserate them. 
The small boy is confined to a radius of only a few feet in casting a 
stone, while the strong arm of a well developed and muscular man 
can hurl with apparent ease a hundred fold larger stone hundreds of 
yards beyond. A like ratio exists between the uneducated and the 
educated mind. Just in that proportion as one man outranks an- 
other in intelligence, he has the vantage ground in the great battle 
of life, which begins at the portals of our existence and ends with our 
exit to the grave. I am here to plead for your children. God will not 
hold you guiltless unless you make every possible effort to educate 
them. I believe as much that God will call you to account for this 
omission of duty, as I believe I have a being. No christian can look 
upon our situation without shuddering. Let us remedy this evil, or 
the necessity of it by educating the masses. 145,294 votes is a larger 
number than any State candidate or presidential elector ever received : 
yet we have this number of persons who cannot read their ballots. 
These voters should be educated. Voting is not a privilege, as most 
men think, but a duty. We must vote, and to vote understanding^, 
we must educate. The tendency of the political discussions for many 
years past has been demoralizing, rather than educating and chris- 



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tianizing. The remedy for this evil belongs to christians alone. I am 
tired of all classes complimenting the people on their ignorance. 

You don't love your children when you keep them from school to 
make a bag of cotton more. The tobacco counties are behind — why? 
This crop requires so much attention that the children can give it. 
The people in the tobacco and cotton counties are stealing the birth- 
right of their children. Their birthright is an education. Get the 
best talent in your schools that you can. If your child is sick, you 
call in the best physician you can get ; if you have an important land- 
suit, you apply to the best attorney in your town. How much more 
important the education of your children ! Here the mind— the im- 
mortal mind of the child receives an impress that no time can efface. 

The colored people are more enthusiastic about this matter of ed- 
ucating their children than many of the whites. 1 know a school 
where the boys each carry a nickel every morning to supplement the 
teacher's salary. Is it not hard to think of a manly Saxon boy work- 
ing hard and faithful for a whole year with the hope of attend- 
ing school the next, when he is told by his father that he must reman 
at home this year also? "Father, you promised me that I should 
go to school this year." But the father has found a pretext to keep 
his asrjiring and noble boy at home in the purchase of a few more 
acres of land, that were not needed. So it is with the boy until he 
arrives at his majority and resigns himself to his fate. What are 
his reflections when called at last to the grave of that parent, who in 
his zeal for property, forgot the greatest interest — the education of his 
children. ' ' 0, father, you knew your duty to me, but you did it not. " 
What can such a man promise himself when some unlucky turn of 
the wheel of fortune shall reveal to him the fact that he is penniless. 

The battle of New Orleans was fought many days after the treaty 
of peace between the United States and Great Britain. Such a 
thing will not occur again in this age of electricity. The world is 
advancing. Your children have a right to share in its conquests. 
But don't educate to make money. Educate rather that you may 
be enabled to elevate your fellow-man. 

No man ever attained a higher position than did Gen. Lee in the 
hearts of his countrymen — both soldier and statesman ; loved and 
honored by his friends ; admired and respected by his foes. From 
more than one of the mighty nations of the East he refused all that 
wealth, honor and fame could bestow, to crown his last years with 
the noblest of all the avocations of his life — that of a teacher. 

Elder J. M. Bridges has been waiting some time to speak for 
Wake Forest College and ministerial education, and, like the boy at 
the table, wishes to know whether he may "dive in." The man 
with a dull ax can bruise round in a forest amazingly ; but he who 
expects to succeed must grind his ax. The man who goes into a 
harvest of golden grain makes it his first duty to see that his sickle 
is put in proper condition for the harvest. The harvest of souls is 
ready to gather. An educated ministry is needed to garner them in. 
It is necessary to be educated to preach. I feel my want of an edu- 
cation every time I try to preach. I felt it as I stood before you to- 
day. I am an uaeducated man, but I expect to be a student as long 
as I live. Wake J^orest College needs twelve thousand dollars to 
complete the endowment this year. I hope the brethren of this As- 
sociation will find it largely in their hearts to assist Bro. Taylor in,: 
its completion. 



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Dr. R. D. Mallaky would underscore, emphasize and italicise 
every word that that good brother said. He hoped, however, that the 
brethren in their zeal for Wake Forest would not forget Shelby Fe- 
male College. He left Georgia a year ago and came to Shelby and 
planted his stakes there, and proposed, by God's help, to drive them 
deeper and deeper. The people should educate their daughters. 
When Christ arose from the dead he first appeared to the women, 
and the news of his resurrection began to spread, and is spreading on 
to-day. He knew who would herald the glad tidings. 1 told my 
boys, God being my helper, I would educate them if possible, but if 
any suffer, it must be you and not your sisters. 

The report was adopted,* 

76. Bro. L. L, Deek read the report on Finance as follows, which 
was adopted without discussion : 

REPQET ON FINANCE. 

Your committee on Finance report $38.15 sent up by the churches 
for minutes. We recommend that the Clerk of the Association be 
allowed ten dollars for his services, to include furnishing blank 
printed letters for each church as adopted by the Association here- 
tofore; and that the balance be expended for the printing of the 
minutes, the same to be distributed to the churches in proportion as 
each church has contributed to the minute fund. 

L. L. Deek, 

A. B. Mashburn, 

J. M. Melton. 

77. On motion, the business of the evening was suspended, the 
Association to meet at night. 

78. Hymn, ' ' I need the prayers of those I love. " 

79. Prayer and benediction by Eider J. K. Faulkner. 

Night Session. 

30. Hymn, "Sleeper, awake, the sun is high."' 

81. Association called to order by Eider C. B. Justice, Moderator 
pro tern. , the Moderator being absent. 

82. Dr. M. M. Lamdrum speaks for a destitute field lying between 
Green and Broad Rivers. 

Bro. J. M. Taylor says the place was formerly known as a place 
of shooting-matches and blockading. Has been preaching there a 
year, and thinks the prospect for building up a good church at that 
place very favorable. There were ten professions of religion there 
this summer, among whom was a boy who had heard only three 
sermons during his whole life. Asks leave to take up a collection to 
help them to complete a house of worship in process of construction. 

Bro. H. Portrum corroborates what Bro. Taylor says, and thinks 
the Association should assist him in this work. * 

Elder J. H. Taylor visited this neighborhood twice by request, 
and fully concurs in the facts as stated. 

Hat collection taken amounting to $7.78. 

83. Dr. Landrum off ered the following resolution : 



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Resolved, That we, as delegates representing the churches of the 
Green River Association, hereby agree to make an earnest effort to 
raise from the churches of this Association an amount sufficient 
(say §110) to defray the expenses of Bro. J. R. Pendergrass, who 
is now at Wake Forest College educating himself for the ministry. 

Elder T. B. Justice said he thought it unnecessary to say any- 
thing in favor of Bro. Pendergrass. He was a student in Bro. 
Whiteside's school at this place for some time and is known to most 
of you. His father was a minister of our Association, and died in 
the service of the church. 

Elder W. T. Jordan thinks this the most important subject yet 
brought to the attention of this body. Thinks it a fitting tribute to 
the memory of Elder J. P. Pendergrass, deceased, that the mantle 
of the father fail upon the the son as the adopted child of the Green 
River Association. Does not know young Pendergrass personally, 
but has a great deal of sympathy for such young men. Has never 
attended an Association so willing to Contribute to everything. 
Recommends an assessment on the churches to raise the required 
amount. It has been said by some one that Washington was left 
childless that America might call him father. Gives touching inci- 
dents in the experience of many of the Wake Forest beneficiaries, 
and the kindness shown them by the Board. Relates his own ex- 
perience as a student and a child of affliction. God forbid that the 
time shall ever come when the educated only may preach. The 
sneaker then pays a grand tribute to the memory of the deceased 
Elders, J. F. Pendergrass and Wade Hill: 

Bro. Z. T. Whiteside said: It is a safe investment to spend 
money on young Bro. Pendergrass. He was a student of mine. I 
know him. .> He is a man 01 integrity of whom the denomination is 
not ashamed now, and of whom they will be proud on his return 
from College. 

Bro. H. Portrum met him in the Association a year ago at 
Dysartsville at a time when the brethren fell short of raising one 
hundred dollars — the amount asked for by the Board for ministerial 
education — by seven dollars ; and young Pendergrass was one of the 
seven men who paid this deficiency. 

Bro. J. M. Bridges — The Lord is opening the hearts of the peo- 
ple. Be encouraged. Educate Bro. Pendergrass. This is the 
noblest monument you can raise to the memory of his sainted father. 

Dr. R. D. Mall art was astonished at the grown men with beards 
and bass voices on a recent visit to Wake Forest College. Don't 
forget Shelby Female College. I never charged a minister of any 
denomination, living by the ministry, a cent of tuition in my life. 
Don't forget to educate your daughters. Each generation depends 
upon the character of its women. Education and religion are pecu- 
liarly fitting to them. You may educate your sons, but they will go 

away to some other state unless you . But you know what I 

mean. 

Elder J. K. Faulkner said he thought this Association needed 
more enthusiasm. Put something to each of the five general objects 
of the Baptist State Convention. The Education Board is support- 
ing 35 beneficiaries at a cost of $300 per month. The highest amount 
that has been sent up during any one month was §142. Bro. Tay- 
lor's letter says : ' ' Disaster unless immediate help comes. " 



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Elder H. D. Harrill: This Association is not opposed to edu- 
cation. We have either given or paid every cent asked for by this 
Board, No one realizes the want of an education so much as the 
poor boy who feels that he is called to preach the gospel of Christ, 
God speed the day when we shall have better ministers than those 
who preach the gospel now. 

The resolution is adopted. 

Elder J. R. Denton read the report on Temperance, which was 
adopted as follows : 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

The committee on Temperance heg leave to say that they have no 
means of knowing the condition or standing of the churches in this 
Association in regard to temperance. 

We think that any organization requiring reports ought to provide 
some means for obtaining the information necessary to enable per- 
sons appointed to this work, to make correct statements. As it is, 
we cannot tell you whether the cause of temperance is advancing 
or retrograding among our people. , 

Respectfully, J. R. Denton, Ch'n. 

R. K. Wilson. 

Pending motion to adopt, 

Elder T. B. Justice apologised for the committee. In the 
absence of facts, they hardly knew what to write. 

Bro. J. II. Mills says he is not in the habit of making 1 speeches 
on Temperance reports. Thinks a half chicken more in keeping with 
the law, "be temperate in. all things," than a whole one. There is 
a church down on the Chowan river where, after considerable de- 
bate, they have decided that a brother, who takes two drinks a day, 
has no right to vote against a sister for shaking her foot. 

Bro. J. C. Scarborough suggests as a means of getting at the 
facts, at the absence of which the committee complains, .that the 
churches hold experience meetings and note whatever progress may 
have been made. In the East, and among the fogs and malaria of 
that section, the brethren find many excuses for drink. Here in the 
midst of the mountain air and pure waiter these excuses do not ex- 
ist. You have nothing to fear but rattlesnakes. The West has 
made and is making greater progress in this direction than the East. 
The dealer in ardent spirits is more culpable than his victim. I have 
seen a Missionary Baptist preacher go into a bar-room in Raleigh to 
get a drink. 

Dr. Mallary called attention to a recent resolution of the King's 
Mountain Association recommending non-fellowship with United 
States revenue store-keepers and gangers. What will you do with 
them? 

Elder J. M. Bridges complimented the King's Mountain Asso- 
ciation for its action in this matter. 

Dr. Landrum asked for a construction of the report on Temper- 
ance last year. Does it include U. S. revenue officials? 

Elder T. B. Justice thought improvement during several years 
past manifestly apparent. The , churches have done the best they 
could under the circumstances. Errors had doubtless been occa- 
sionally committed, but instances of this kind were very rare. Spoke 
of intemperance as the greatest enemy with which the churches heel 
to contend. It could assume more forms, more pretexts and more 
excuses than anything else. He had been the stern opposerof strong 



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drink for many years, and expected to raise his voice against it as 
long as lie was permitted to live. The indications are more hopeful 
every year. We have it down, and by God's help we intend to keep 
it down. 

Bro. L. L. Deek says he is not in the habit of making public 
speeches, nor will he attempt it now. I only wish to give a little of 
my experience because of its novelty. In 1849 I joined an organi- 
zation called the Sons of Temperance, for which I and another 
brother, who was guilty of the same offense(?), were excluded from 
the church. On the same day the same church excluded two mem- 
bers for getting drunk. That church has gone down. 

Elder Jordan has seen excluded at his church during the five 
years of his pastorate about twenty persons, several of whom had 
been intoxicated. Among the number was one woman, excluded for 
drinking too much. 

85. The following delegates to the Baptist State Convention, which 
meets at Edenton, N. C. , on the 14th of November next, were ap- 
pointed. Elder W. T. Jordan and brethren J. C. Scarborough and 
J. H. Mills, together with any of the brethren of this Association 
who may be able to attend. 

86. The following resolutions, offered by Dr. M. M. Landrum, 
were adopted: 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this body, that no church within 
its bounds should fellowship any member who has anything to do 
with government distilleries as store-keeper, or in any other way. 

RESOLUTIONS OF THANKS. 

87. Resolved, 1st. That we hereby tender our sincere thanks to the 
good sisters,, brethren and friends of this church and community for 
their kind and hospitable entertainment of this body and the visit- 
ors during its present session. 

Resolved, 2nd, That in consideration of our high esteem for the 
sweet and soul-cheering music rendered by the choir of ladies and 
gentlemen during the session, we return our most hearty thanks, 
praying that we may all sing together in the Land of Rest. 

Resolved 3rd, That we return our hearty and unfeigned thanks to 
our Methodist pnd Presbyterian brethren for the use of their houses 
of worship during the session. 

88. The following by brother A. L. Grayson was also adopted : 

Resolved, That the collection at the different churches on to-mor- 
row be applied to the purpose of erecting suitable tombstones at 
the grave of Elder Wade Held. 

QUERIES. 

89. From Cane Creek Church: Does it advance the cause of 
Christ to constitute a church in the immediate vicinity of other 
churches? 

Answ ered — No. 

90. From Floyd's Creek Church: Why may not a Beacon of the 
church retire or resign ? 

Bro. J. EL Mills knows a number of Deacons who have resigned 
and a number of others who ought to resign. 



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Elder J. R. Denton thought there was sufficient ability in this 
Association to answer this question intelligently, It should be 
treated in a spirit of seriousness and not as a jest. The question is, 
whether the Deacon is elected for a year, for life, or for a particular 
church. 

Brq. J. C. Scarborough believes a Deacon may resign at pleas- 
ure. 

Elder J. K. Faulkner does not understand the question. It 
assumes a fact and asks a reason for the assumption. 

Elder A. McMahan does not think the assumption of a fact was 
intended. This is about what the church intended : May a Deacon 
resign? If not, why not? 

The following answer was handed to the Clerk, which was read 
and adopted: A Deacon may resign; but we think it should be after 
mature deliberation, and after being fully satisfied that will be to the 
glory of God. 

91. On motion, Bros . Z. T. Whiteside and A. L. Grayson were ap- 
pointed to assist the Clerk in the revision of the minutes. 

92. While the brethren sang the two songs, ' 'We are going home 
to-morrow,!' and "We are gathering home," the brethren took the 
parting hand. 

93. Thus closed, perhaps, one of the most harmonious sessions of 
the Green River Association during its history. Not one unkind 
word was uttered during any of the discussions. Increased liberal- 
ity, unbounded hospitality and brotherly love, blended with a com- 
mendable zeal to evangelize the world, were among the prominent 
features of the session. 

J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator.- 
C. B. JUSTICE. Mod. pro iem, 
A. L. RucKER, Clerk. 

,94. We, the undersigned committee of revision, certify that we 
have examined the manuscript of A. L. Rucker, Clerk of the Green 
River Association, before going to pr&cs, and find the same substan- 
tially correct. 

Z. T. Whiteside, 
A. 8. Grayson, 
Committee of Revision, 



SUNDAY SERVICE. ■ 

95. The pulpits of the several churches were occupied on Sunday 
as follows : 

Methodist— Elder G. W. Harman. Text: Gal. 6: 14. "But 
God forbid that I should glorv, save in the cross of the Lord Jesus 
Christ." 

Presbyterian— -Elder J, C. Grayson. Text; "For ye know the 
grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for 
your sakes he became poor, that ve through his poverty might be 
rich." 2d Cor., 8:9. 

Baptist — Elder R. D. Mallary. Text: "Ye are not your 

own, for ye are bought with a price ; therefore glorify God in your 
body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1st Cor. 6: 19, 20. 



Green River Baptist Association. 25 

Immediately preceding the latter sermon Elder C. B. Justice ad- 
ministered the ordinance of baptism to F. B. Logan in the baptistry 
of the church. 

After sermon the collection for the tombstones of Wade Hill 
amounted to $13.08. 

96. At 2 o'clock a Sunday School Mass Meeting was held in the 
Baptist church and addressed as follows : 

J. H. Mills— Subject : "The Orphans." 

R. D. Mallary— Subject': " The one talent. " 

J. C. Scarborough — Subject: " Sunday School Helps." 

Would be pleased to give a synopsis of these addresses, but re- 
frain on account of increased cost of publication. 

Sermon at night by Elder J. K. Faulkner and collection for Lin- 
. colnton church amounting to $15. 



26 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 



H. PoRTRUM, in account with the Greet River Association.- 

RECEIVED FROM THE DIFFERENT CHURCHES FOR THE DIFFERENT OBJECTS, DR. 



CHURCHES. 


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$32 25 


$10 46 


$ 2 50 


$10 95 


$33 00 



By A. G. McManav/ay's receipt, Home Missions $16 46 

By O. F. Gregory's receipt, Charlotte church 23 00 

By O. F. Gregory's receipt, Foreign Missions 30 70 

By L. H. Yarboro's receipt, Big Level church „ . . 10 00 

By J. C. Scarborough's receipt, State Missions 57 12 



Foreign Missions, balance on hand $ 1 50 

Sunday School Board, balance on hand 250 

Ministerial Education, balance on hand 10 93 



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30 Minutes of the 

PROCEEDINGS. 

OF THE 

Siiiiuay Soiiool CoimIb of is Great River Assoclatloa, 



The Sunday School Convention of the Green River Association 
convened with the church at Green River, Polk county, N. C.'. on 
Friday, the 27th day of July, 1883. 

After prayer by. Elder H. D. Harrill, President, the Convention 
was called, to order. 

The former Secretary being absent, Elder J. T. McPaddin was re- 
quested to act as Secretary pro tern. 

The churches composing the Green River Association were called, 
and delegates from the several schools enrolled as follows : 

White Oak — No delegation. * 

Cooper's Gap—W. E. Mills, A. B. Mills, M. A. Searcy. 

Rock Spring — No delegation. 

BilVs Creek — No delegation. 

8,1 1 iloli — No del egati on . 

Green River — G. H. Blanton, L. B. Hinds. 

Mt. Pleasant— Ho delegation. 

Mountain Creek — N. C. Lovelace, J. F. Edwards. 

Mt. Lebanon — No delegation. 

Mt. Vernon — No delegation. 

Rutherfordton—k. E. Miller, Wm. Shuford. 

Cool Spring— -Elder H. D. Harrill. 

Holly Spring — No delegation. 

Pleasant Hill— Elder J. T. McFaddin, J. M. Taylor, David Owens. 

Columbus — Dr. M. M. Landrum, T. G. Ridings. 

Green River, Branch School — W. A. Blanton, C. Smith. 

Round IIlll—G. H. Keeter. 

Pleasant Grove— J. M. Taylor, Jno. Nodine. 

The following officers were elected: President, Elder H. D. Har- 
rill; Secretary /Elder J. T. McFaddin; 1st Vice-President, Elder C. 
B. Justice; 2d Vice-President, N. J. Rollins; 3d Vice-President, H. 
Port rum. 

The following business was reported by the Executive Committee: 

1st Subject — What can we do to make this Convention more suc- 
cessful? Speaker, Elder J. M. Williams. 

Second — What should be taught, and how should the teaching be 
done in the Sunday School? Speaker, Dr. M. M. Landrum. 

Third — Plow young should a child be to be too young to attend 
Sunday School? Speaker, T. C. Page. 

Fourth — While there is much interest taken, or manifested in the 
subject of Sabbath Schools, is the efficiency commensurate with the 
interest? If not, why not? Speaker, John E. Ray. 

On motion, visiting brethren were invited to seats in the Conven- 
tion, and accepted by the following : 

From Broad River Association — Elder J. M. Williams and Bros, 
M. D. Padgett, C. W. Williams and J. C. Clemmons. 

Spartanburg — Henry Liles. 



GriEEN River Sunday School Convention. 31 

Raleigh— John E. Ray, Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist 
State Convention. 

On motion, a special committee was appointed on prayer, viz. : 
M. M. Landruin, T. C. Page and N. C. Lovelace, and requested to 
report on to-morrow. 

On motion, adjourned till 9 o'clock to-morrow. Prayer, Elder J„ 
M. Williams leading. 



SECOND DAY. 

Saturday, July 28th, 1883. 
Convention met pursuant to adjournment, and after prayer by Dr. 
M. M. Landrum, was called to order by President II. 3D. Karrill. 
• Minutes of yesterday read and approved. 

First subject discussed by Elders J. M. Williams, M. M. Landrum, 
J. T. McFaddin and Bro. John E. Ray, Corresponding Secretary 
Baptist State Convention. 

Report of special committee on prayer read and adopted as fol- 
lows : 

ON PRAYER. 

Your committee, desire in this report to emphasize the duty of 
prayer and prayer meetings, to say nothing of its vast impoitance. 
God has many precious gifts in store for His people, but He has or- 
dained that they shall ask if they would receive. We do not pro- 
pose to enter into or inquire as to the philosophy of prayer. God's 
word is philosophy enough — a philosophy all-sufficient and satisfac- 
tory. And according to this word, prayer is a means of obtaining 
blessings for ourselves, for our families, for our churches, for the 
world. And then, there are special promises to united prayer. 

But, notwithstanding the commands to pray, and the encourage- 
ment to pray, many do not love the prayer meeting. Many do 
profess to love Jesus, but they do not love to attend the prayer 
meetings ; they profess to love the cause of Christ, but they do not 
love to pray; they profess to love the brethren, but do not love the 
prayer meeting; there are many who seem to love the house of God, 
but they do not love to assemble in prayer ; they seem to love the 
Sabbath School, but do not love the prayer meeting; they even 
seem to love the preached gospel, but they do not love I he prayer 
meeting. Yes, many who glory in being Baptists, and rejoice in 
hope of the inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled, and that 
fadeth not away, nevertheless, sad to say, do not love to meet in 
prayer. How do we know that so many who profess such great 
things, and seem to love such good things, yet do not love prayer? 
■Simply because they do not attend the prayer meetings. Some of 
our churches have no such thing as prayer meeting at all, and most 
of those who have them cannot count on one-fourth of their mem- 
bers as regular attendants. 

The Psalmist said, "One thing have I desired of the Lord, and 
that will I seek after. ,1 If prayer meetings were loved they certainly 
would be attended — the mole-hills of difficulty would no longer be 
mountains in our eyes. Every church should have a weekly prayer 
meeting at its house of worship, and if there be members who live 
too far for convenient assembling at this place, they should either 
go inconveniently, or else hold meetings in their own neighborhoods. 
There may be only a few, but let them meet. The Saviour said: 



32 Minutes Green River S. S. Convention. 

"Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I 
In the midst of them." Prayer preceded the deliverance of Peter; 
prayer preceded the wonderful outpouring on the day of Pentecost, 
and often since prayer has been the birth-place of gracious revivals 
of religion. Let these questions be pressed upon every one. Has 
my church a prayer meeting? If not, why not? Do I attend the 
prayer meeting? If not, why not? Do I love the prayer meeting? 
If not, why not? If I love not the house of prayer, or the prayer 
meeting can I love Christ and his cause? If I lore not Christ and 
his cause, have I been made partaker of His salvation? 

Oh! brethren, how can the true child of Gfod live without prayer? 
Is it not his native element? Let us "pray without ceasing," and 
in all things give thanks. God help us all to pray. 

Respectfully submitted, M. M. Landrum, Ch'n, 

T. 0. Page, 
W. C. Lovelace. 

Second subject discussed by Eiders M. M. Eandrum, J. T. McFad- 
din and brother John E. Ray. 

Bro. J. M. Taylor presents a request in behalf of Pleasant Grove 
Sunday School, and asks for a collection and for the funds now In 
the hands of the Treasurer of this Convention, both of which are 
granted. 

The collection amounted to $4.50. 

Third subject discussed hj brethren T. C. Page, A. E. Miller and 
the writer. 

Fourth subject discussed by brethren John E. Hay, J. M, Taylor, 
and Eiders M. M. Landrum and H. D. Han-ill. 

Query : Is it expedient that ministers should preach on the subject 
of Baptism to their churches ? 

Answer — -Yes. 

Resolved, That the constitution be so amended — 12th article — that 
this body shall meet but once a year ; and that the original 12th ar- 
ticle be Inserted in its stead. ■ 

On motion, the subject of Missions was made special order for to- 
morrow, to be discussed by John E. Say. 

Appointments for preaching t-morrow: 10 o'clock, Elder' H. 3>. 
Harrill. LI o'clock, Dr. M. M. Laiidruin. ■ 

The usual resolutions of thanks were adopted. 

Adjourned to meet at time and place appointed by the next session 
of the Green River Baptist Association. (Dysartsville, Aug, 29th, 
:!384.) : . 

Prayer, brother John E. Ray, leading. 

II. D. HARRILL, President. 

J. T. McFaddist, Secretary. 

Sunday's Service. 

The subject of Missions was discussed by John E. Ray; after which 
a collection was taken amounting to % 

Elder Harrell preached at 10 o'clock and was followed by Dr. M. 
M. Landrum at 11 o'clock. 

No Sunday School statistics were presented. 

(The reader is referred to the table appended to the Minutes of 
the Green River Association.— A. L. Sucker, Clerk G. R. Asso.) ' 



I 



MINUTES 



-OF THE- 



FORTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 



-OF THE- 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 



-HELD WITH THE- 



Ufyurcljat ^Pleasant G Jiill> T^utberford "Co., J/V. t?., 



Oct. 2d, 3d and 4th, 1884. 



Eld. J. H. Yarboro, Moderator, Forest City, N. C 
Albert L. Grayson, Clerk, Butherfordton, N. C. 
Henry Portrum, Treasurer, Ayr, N. C. 



Shelby, N. C: 
J. P. Babington, Book and Job Printer, 

1884. 



MINUTES 



-OF THE- 



FORTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 



■OF THE- 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



-HELD WITH THE- 



■Church at 'Pleasant fiill, father ioid 'Co Y € 
Oct. 2d, 3d and 4th, 1884. 



Kld. J. H. Yarboro, Moderator, Forest City, N. C. 
Albert l. G RAYS0N; Clerk, Rutherfordtoii, N. C. 
Hexry PorTrum, Treasurer, Ayr, N. C. 



Shelby, N. C: 
J. P. Babwgton, Book and Job Printer, 

I88-J. 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF MINISTERS. 



Bright, T.. Mills Spring, N. 

Denton, J. R Dysartsville, 

Harrill, William Forest City, 

-Harrill, H. I) . " 

Holbert, John Mills Spring, 

Justice, T. B " 

Justice, C. B. .. ■, Rutherfordton, 

Jones, A- T Poor's Ford, 

Logan, W. H Ayr, 

Lynch, A. O , , Green Hill, 

Landrum, M. M ...Tryon City, 

McFaddin, J. T . Rutherfordtoii, 

McMahan, A Poor's Ford, 

McCurry, Lewis Dysartsville, 

Taylor, E. L Rutherfordton, 

Taylor, J. H Grassy Knob, 

Wilkie, Joab Rutherfordton , 

Yarboro-. J. H.... ., Forest Citv, 



LICENTIATE'S. 



Divinney, J. V Holly Bush, N. 

Hunt, A , Gamble's Store, 

Harrill, D. B. F Forest City, 

Jackson, Elbert . Mills Spring, 

Mashburn, A. B Marion, 

Pendergras, J. R Wake Forest College, 

Sorrels, W. F Cuba, 

Taylor, J. M Butherfordton, ■ 



BOARD OF MISSIONS. 

H. Portrum, Treasurer Ayr, N. C. 

(Matt McBrayer, Secretary Forest City, " 

i J. W. Morgan Otter Creek, " 

' A. L. Grayson Rutherfordtoii, " 



Next Session at Round Hill Church, 10 miles north of Ruth- 
; erfordton, N. C, Thursday, October 1st, 18S5. 



proceedings. 

Thursday, October 2d, A. D., 1884. 

The Forty-sixth Annual Session of the Green River Baptist As- 
sociation convened with the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, five miles 
southwest from Rutherford ton, N. C, at 11 a.m. Hymn, "Come 
thou fount," &c. Lesson, Mat. xi, by Eld. W. H. Logan. Hymn, 
'•Amazing grace," &c. 

Prayer, Eld. T. Bright leading. 

In the absence of Eld. M. M. Landrum, who was appointed to 
preach the Introductory Sermon, Eld. W H. Logan preached the 
Introductory Sermon from Mat. xi ; 28. 

Prayer, Eld. J. M. Bridges leading. Adjourned one hour. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Hymn. "There is a fountain filled," &<j. Lesson, Psalm xxiii. 

Devotional exercises and prayer, Eld. C. B. Justice leading. 

The former Moderator, Eld. J. C. Grayson, having died since 
the last meeting of this Association, on motion of p]ld. J. R. Denton, 
Eld. C. B. Justice was appointed Moderator pro ten/., and the Asso- 
ciation called to order and organized with the assistance of the former 
clerk, Bro. A. L. Rucker. 

Bro. H. I). Harrill announced preaching at the stand by Eld. A. 
B. Hoi li field. 

Eld. J. H. Yarboro and Bro. A. L. Grayson were requested to 
act as assistant clerks. 

The churches composing this Association were called, letters 
read and Messengers enrolled as follows: 

FIRST DISTRICT. 

1. Cooper's (kip.— Eld. J. H. Taylor, Bros. A. B. F. Mills, W. D. 
ILarris, A. G. MeMurry. 

2. Chimney Rock. — Bro. Paul F. Searcy. 

o. Big Level '.—Bros. L. H. Yarboro, S. J. Cowart. 

4. Bill's Creek.— md. W. H. Logan, Bros. J. G. Dalton, J. M. 
Williams, Win, Frady, J. F. Logan. 

5. Bock Spring. — Bros. I. M. Frady, H. Portrum. 

6. Mountain Creek.— Bros. ]SF. C. Lovelace, Z. V. Geer, Wm. T. 
Lewis, .J. F. Edwards. 

7. Silver Creek.— Eld. T. Bright, Bros. Elbert Jackson, F. M. 
Holbert, W M. Justice, W. D. Williams, I. S. Higgins. 

8. Columbus. — Bro. N. B. Hampton. 

9. White Oak.— Bros. Jerry Jackson, O. I. Nelson, J. A. Thorn, 
L. T. Jackson. 

10. Pleasant Hill.— Eld. J. T. McFaddin, Bros. A. J. $c6gj£ln', 
E. W. S. Keeter. 



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U.— Green Elver — Bros. T. C. Page, J. I. Ridings, W. H. Wat- 
son. 

SECOND DISTRICT. 

1. Stone Mountain. — Bros. A. W. Morgan, J. W. Halford. 

2. Cherry Springs — Not represented. 

3. Zion Hill.—i Letter Friday). 

4. Bethlehem — Not represented. 

5. Bethel.— Bro. W. C. Morris. 

6. Dysartsville.—YAd. J. R. Denton, Bros. H. H. Taylor, W. H. 
Taylor, W. S. Walker. 

7. MontforcPs Cove. — Bros. J. A. Nichols, J. A. Wilkerson, P. 
Wilkerson. 

8. Piney Knob.— Bros. W. B. McEntire, W. L. Bland, W. W. 
Sorrels. 

9. Camp Creek — Letter. 

10. Cane Creek.— Bros. D. W. A. Cowen. Elijah Walker. 

11. Bound mil.— Bros. W. F. Sorrels, W. M. Nanney. 

THIRD DISTRICT. 

1. Mt. Vernon. — Bros. R. P. Geer, J. G. Logan, A. G. Freeman, 
M. L. Wilson. 

2. Butherfordton.—FA(\s. E. L. Taylor, C. B. Justice, Bros. M. 
j H. Justice, J. M. Allen, Sen., A. L. Grayson. 

3. Shiloh>-m± A.T. Jones, Bros. W. M. Huntley, N. Scoggin, 
j D. J. Culbreth, 

4. Holly Springs.— Bros. L. M, Henson, J. G. Snider. 

5. Mt. Zion.—YA(\. L. McCurry, Bros. J. I). Devinney, J. B. | 
i Price. 

6. Mt. Pleasant.— Eld. A. McMahan, Bros. C. A. Kenedy, B. ; 
| McMahan. 

7. Floyd's Creek.— Bros. V. C. Hicks, C. C. Webster, Henry | 
! Kenedy. 

8. Cool Springs.— Elds. H. D.Harrill, J. H. Yarboro, Bros. J. B. ; 
Blanton, J. W. Davis. M. H. Flack. 

9. Mt. Lebanon.— Bros. J. P, Digh, W. M. Tucker. 

10. First Broad.— C W. Melton, J. B. Condrey. 
Invitation extended to newly-constituted churches, and churches 

holding letters of dismission from other Associations to join this 
body. None applied. 

Song, "We'll work till Jesus comes." 

Eld. J. H. Yarboro was elected Moderator, and A. L. Grayson 
Clerk. 

On motion, the order of business of Thursday evening of last 
I year was adopted for this evening. 

Corresponding Messengers were invited to seats, and enrolled as 
I follows : 

Pings Mountain Association. — Elds. G. W. Rollins, A. A. Me- 



Green River Baptist Association. 



Swain, J. M. Bridges, A. B. Hollifield and Bro. J; B. Green. 

The Moderator announced the following committees : 

Foreign Missions. — Elds. C. B. Justice, T. Bright. 

Education. — Bros. M. H. Justice, H. Portrum. 

Religious Exercises. — Pastor and deacons of Pleasant Hill church. 

State Missions.— Elds. J. M. Bridges, H. D. Harrill. 

Periodicals. — Bro. J. W. Davis, Eld. W. H. Logan. , 

Home Missions, — Elds. G. W. Rollins, A. A. McSwain. 

On motion of Eld. C. B. Justice, a special committee on Obitua- 
ries was appointed. 

The Moderator appointed on this committee, Eld. O. B. Justice 
and Bro. H. Portrum. 

On motion, the Moderator and Clerk are instructed to report 
"Order of Business" to-morrow morning. 

On motion, adjourned to 9J o'clock a. m. to-morrow. 

Hymn, "What a friend we have in Jesus." Eld. L. McCurry 
led the Association in prayer. Benediction by the Moderator. 



Friday, October 3d, 1884, 9} o'clock a. m. 

Hymn, "Did Christ o'er sinners weep." Elder G. W. Rollins 
lead in prayer. 

The Moderator called the Association to order. 

The following report on Order of Business w T as read, and on mo- 
tion adopted : 

Report on Order of Business^ 
The committee on "Order of Business" submit the following re- 
| port : 

I. Meet at 9.} a. m. each day and adjourn at 12 m., unless other- 
I wise ordered by the Association. Meet at 1 p. m. and adjourn at 
S pleasure. 

. 2. Read proceedings of previous day. 

3. Call the roll. 

4. Read "Rules of Order." 

5. Appoint committees on Finance, on Temperance, and on 
1 Sunday-Schools. 

6. Call for reports of committees. 

7. Appoint Corresponding Messengers. 

8. Appoint Union Meeting and ministers to attend. 

9. Consider ministerial education, and the obligations on 
| churches thereto. 

10. Consider the obligations resting upon the churches to sup- 
I port their pastors, so as to enable them to give themselves wholly to 
I the work. 

II. Appoint time and place for the next Association. 

12. Appoint minister to preach the Introductory Sermon. 

13. Appoint delegates to the Baptist State Convention. 

14. Consider "Queries" from the churches. 

15. Miscellaneous business. 

J. H. Yarboro, ") ri ., , 

A. L. Grayson! \ Committee. 



Minutes of the 



Minutes of yesterday read and approved. 
Roll called. 

Read "Rules of Order." 

The Moderator appointed the following committees : 
Finance — O. I. Nelson, M. L. Wilson, L. H. Yarboro. 
Temperance — Eld. L. McCurry, J. B. Blanton, T. O. Page. 
Sunchnj-Schoo/.s-KM. J. R. Denton, W. F. Sorrels, J. H. Taylor. 
Bro. A. A. McSwain read report on Home Missions, which was, 
on motion, adopted as follows: 

Bepoi't on Home Missions. 

The Home Mission work of the Board of the Southern Baptist 
Convention has never, in all its history, been more successful, nor 
the work of its Missionaries more effective in building up the "king- 
dom of our Redeemer" than at the present. 

With 144 Missionaries at work in the Home Mission field, and 
their labors signally blessed with 2,665 additions by baptism and 
1,525 by letter (making a total of 4,190,) shows that our work is pio- 
gressing, and is being pushed forward, and that it is meeting with 
the approbation of the Divine being. 

In. view of the broad fields of labor, so inviting, and the outlook 
so grand and promising, we would say the fields have never been 
riper for the Gospel, nor has the Board ever been better prepared to 
enter unoccupied fields than at the present, if only furnished with 
the means. 

We therefore w T ould recommend that the membership in general 
harmonize with the Baptists of the South in aiding the Board in its 
great, good and glorious work. 

On motion, Eld. J. B. Boone w T as received as a Messenger from 
Henderson County Association, with privilege to represent 'Judson 
College" and the Blue Ridge Baptist. 

Messengers were appointed to other Associations, as follows : 

King's Mountain, which meets at State Line on Thursday before 
the fourth Sunday in Sept., 1885 : Elds. E. L. Taylor, J. H Yarboro, 
Bro. A. L. Grayson. 

South Fork, which meets at South Grove, near Hickory, N. C, 
on Thursday before the third Sunday in Oct., 1884 : Eld.L. McCurry. 

Catawba River, which meets at Fleming's Chapel, 6 miles north 
of Morganton, on Thursday before the second Sunday in Oct., 1884 : 
No one present agreed to go. 

Henderson County, which meets at Pleasant Hill, 4 miles from 
Hendersonville, on Thursday before the second Sunday in October, 
1884: Elds. J. H. Taylor, E. L. Taylor, J. T. McFaddin, Bro. W. M. 
Justice. 

On motion, any Brother in the bounds of this Association, who 
may attend any Association with which- we correspond, is hereby 
authorized to represent this Association. 

The Union Meeting was appointed to be held with the church 



at Floyd's Creek, 12 miles south from Rutherford ton, on Friday be- 
fore the fifth Sunday in May, 1885, at which time and place the 
Sunday-School Convention of this Association will meet. 

Elds. T. Bright, A. McMahan, H. D. Harrill and J. H. Yarboro 
were appointed to attend it. 

Messengers were enrolled as follows : 

From Catawba River Association — Bro. S. H. Flemming, 

From King's Mountain — Bro. G. T. Bostick. 

A motion to adjourn for preaching, was, on motion, laid on the 
table. Song, "Just a word for Jesus." 

Eld. J. M. Bridges preached at the stand. Text : "God is love." 

Bro. C. B. Justice rea 1 the report on Foreign Missions, as follows : 

Report on Foreign Missions. 

We decani it unnecessary to urge the duty of giving the Gospel 
to the world, for all christians must appreciate the importance of the 
command, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every 
creature," which embraces all times and all nations. We would 
briefly refer to what we, as Southern Baptists, are doing in this 
work of giving the Gospel to the world. 

We have in Central China, M. T. Yates and wife, and Miss Ruth 
MeCown, with seven native assistants. In Southern China, R. H. 
and Mrs, Graves, Miss Lou Whildon, E. Z and Mrs. Simmons, Miss 
Sal lie Stein, Miss Emma Young, and F. C. and Mrs. Hickson, with 
twenty-four native assistants and Bible women. 

In Northern China, T. P. and Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Holms. Miss 
Lottie Moon, N. W. Halcomb, Mr. and Mrs. Pruett, Miss Mattie 
Roberts, J. W. Joyner and E. E. Devalt. 

In Africa, W." J. and Mrs. David, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey, S. M. 
Collis, Mr. and Mrs. Eubank, M. L. Stone, S. L. Milton and Albert 
Eli. 

In Italy, G. B. Taylor, J. H. and Mrs. Eager and eight native 
assistants. 

In Brazil, W. B. Bagby and wife, Z. C. and Mrs. Taylor. 

In Mexico, W. D. Powell and wife, Miss Annie J. Mayberry, 
Miss Addie Barton, F. M. Myers, W. M. and Mrs. Flourney." 

These constitute the forces sent out by us to preach the Gospel 
to the regions beyond. 

The blessing's of the Lord have been very signally vouchsafe on 
the labors of these Missionaries. During last year there were bap- 
tized into the fellowship of the churches, by these Missionaries, 175 
persons — making a total membership of 1,141. 

The Foreign Mission Board have, during the same period, ap- 
pointed ten additional Missionaries, some of whom have already, 
and others will sail, for their fields of labor soon. Many of our pres- 
ent stations need to be reinforced and new ones to be established. 

The heathen are crying for the Gospel. ''Come over and help 
us," is the cry. Never in all our history has the outlook been bright- 
er, or the prospects more flattering, than at the present 

"Let us go up and possess the land, for if we go in the name of 
the Lord God of Israel, we are abundantly able." 

On motion to adopt, remarks were made by Elds. C. B. Justice, 



Minutes of the 



J. B. Boone, Bro. A. J. Scoggin, Eld. T. Bright, and the report 
adopted. Adjourned for one hour. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Hymn, "Jesus, keep me near the cross." 

Eld. J. M. Williams was enrolled as a messenger from Broad 
River Association. 

Order of Business No. 9 : "Consider ministerial education, and 
the obligations on churches thereto," was taken up, and discussion 
thereon participated in by Elds. J. B. Boone, C. B. Justice, T. 
Bright, J. M. Bridges, and on motion, a collection was taken up 
amounting to $10.00 for ministerial education in Judson College, 
Hendersonville, N. C. 

On motion', Bros. W. B. McEntire and B. McMahan were grant- 
ed leave of absence, for satisfactory reasons. 

Eld. J. R. Denton read the report on Sunday-Schools as follows: 
Report on Sabbath-Schools. 

We consider the work which is being dene in the Sabbath- 
Schools of the very first importance. In Sabbath-Schools children 
are taught the doctrines of the Bible, which are the best that can be 
taught or learned by any people. The Bible is inexhaustible, there- 
fore we should make it a life study. And we think that in the Sab- 
bath-Schools the Bible can be studied to more general advantage 
than in any other organization adapted to the masses. 

We recommend that every Baptist Church have a Sabbath- 
School. We think that the Sabbath-School Convention would great 1 
ly encourage Sabbath-School workers, if more ministers would attend 
it. But as it is we are certain that it is not accomplishing the good 
that it otherwise could accomplish. 

•J. R. Denton, 1 

W. F. Sorrels, V Committee. 

J. H. Taylor, J 

On motion to adopt, remarks were made by Elds. C. B. Justice, 
T. Bright, J. T. McFaddin and Bro. J. W. Davis, and report adopted. 

Bro. J. W. Davis read the following report on Periodicals : 

Report on Periodicals. 
To grow in knowledge, we must enrich ourselves in reading 
matter. What we mostly need now is, that every Baptist family 
should be thoroughly acquainted with the plans and operations set 
on foot by our denomination, for the advancement of Christ's king- 
dom. And to this end we commend the Biblical Recorder, our State 
organ, the Blue Ridge Baptist, the Foreign Mission Journal, and 
Kind Words* 

SSn, } Comm.ttee. 

On motion to adopt, remarks w T ere made by Eld. J. B. Boone. 
Pending the motion to adopt, a motion to adjourn prevailed. 

Hymn, "Dismiss us with thy love." 

Prayer, Eld. J. B. Boone leading. 

Adjourned till 9J a. m. to-morrow. Benediction by the Modera- 
tor. Elder A. A. MeSwain preached at the stand at H p. m„ 



Saturday, October 4th, 

"Hymn, "Children of the heavenly king." 

Prayer, Eld. T. Dixon leading. 

Association called to order by the Moderator. 

Minutes of yesterday read and adopted. Roll called. 

Eld. T. Dixon was received as a Messenger from King's Moun- 
tain Association. 

The report on Periodicals, which w T as pending at adjournment 
yesterday, was taken up, and the discussion thereof was participated 
in by Elds. J. B. Boone, T. Bright, J. R. Denton, J. T. McFaddin, 
and Bros. J. B. Green and J, W. Davis. The report was adopted. 

Bro. S. H. Flemming preached at the stand at 11 A. m. Text 2 
Cor. v : 10. 

The report on State Missions was read, and motion to adopt, as 
follows : 

Report on State Missions. 

Whereas, we have looked upon the State Mission work as one 
of the enterprises of the denomination which should be well consid- 
ered. First, from the necessity of the work, in the destitute sections 
of the State. Second, because it is our duty to disciple the State for 
Christ. Third, because it is more prosperous than ever before, and 
the number of laborers increased. 

There were only 54 in that field last year, there are 64 this year, 
and a number of them employed all of their time. 

We are now working through the State Mission Board, and that 
Board is now in need of funds to pay those in their employ. 

J H.^.?S^L,}Co mmi ttee. 

Remarks by Elds. J. B. Boone, C. B. Justice, T. Bright, H. D. 
Harrill, and Bros. A. J. Scoggin, H. Portrum, N. Scoggin, M. H. 
Justice. 

A collection was taken for State Missions amounting to $7.02, 
and the report adopted. 

Bro. H. Portrum read the following report on Temperance : 

Report on Temperance. 

We have no means of knowing the progress of the Temperance 
cause in the churches from the Church Letters. It is a question of 
vital importance, not only to the churches, but to church and State. 

Bro. Covington said he had fought through three wars — the Rev- 
olution, the War of 1812, and the Whiskey War ; and the last was 
the hardest to conquer of the three. This whiskey war is one in 
which all believers in Christ are, or should be, now engaged. It is 
one of the greatest weapons of Satan, and one of the greatest enemies 
of the soul, that our land and country is cursed with. The question 
of Temperance now seems to be agitating the world as well as the 
church. 

We entreat our denomination to let their lights shine upon this 
question. 

Past experience shows the building up of church and ministry, 
of those that advocated the cause of Temperance, and the downfall 
of those that opposed it. Lewis McCurb y, 

Chairman of Committee. 



And a motion made to adopt it. 

Remarks were made by Elds. L. McCurry, T. Bright, A. McMa- 
han, and the report adopted. 

Bro. M. H. Justice read the report on Education, which was on 
motion to adopt, made the special order for 2 p. m. to-day. 

Report on -Education. 

The human mind hungers for mental food, just as the physical 
system hungers for bread,— and just as this physical hunger must be 
satisfied with unwholesome food, if wholesome food is not to be had, 
so the cravings of the mind must be gratified with unwholesome and 
vicious knowledge, if true wisdom and wholesome knowledge is de- 
nied it. 

No father can deny his children food, and a child asking bread 
of a father does not receive a stone. 

But are we as careful of the wants of the mind? We cannot 
prevent the mind from imbibing knowledge of some sort, and if we 
refuse to give it true and virtuous learning, it will absorb vice, im- 
morality and superstition, and we call it ignorance. 

In addition to the Common Schools and the Academies of the 
country, the Baptist denomination offers to the people a number of 
colleges and seminaries entirely worthy of our patronage. Notably 
among these are : — 

First, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, located at 
Louisville, Ky., for the education of young ministers of the Gospel, 
in their peculiar calling. We cannot too highly commend the work 
of this Institution. Its only work is to teach Theology, so necessary 
for the equipment of ministers. 

Second, Wake Forest College, which has passed through the 
crucial test of poverty and adversity, and now stands a grand de- 
nominational and educational success. We can safely entrust the 
education of our young men with the Wake Forest Faculty. 

Third, Judson College, located at Henderson ville, N. C, is now 
taking a bright stand amongst the institutions of learning. It is 
near us, and board and tuition cheap, so that we have much less ex- 
cuse for neglecting the education of our children than we had before 
this institution was placed upon the high plane it now occupies. 

Fourth, The Shelby Female College, located at Shelby, N. C, 
under the superintendence of Rev. R. D. Mallary and wife, where 
the wants of the mental and moral natures of our girls are fully met. 

We earnestly commend to the support of this Association the 
support of ministerial education. We ought to educate every worthy 
young minister, who desires it. and is unable to defray the expenses 
of such education. Respectfully submitted, 

H. Portrum, ) committee 
M. H. Justice, / l ommilceL - 

Bro. O. I. Nelson read the report on Finance, which was, on 

motion, adopted as follows : 



Report on Finance. 
Your committee on Finance report thirty-seven dollars and ten 
cents sent up from the churches for Minutes. 

We recommend that the Clerk of the Association retain $9.00 for 
his services, to include furnishing blank printed letters for each 
church, as adopted by the Association heretofore, and that the bal- 
ance be expended for* the printing of the Minutes, to be distributed 
to the churches in proportion as each has contributed to the Minute 
fund. O. I. Nelson, ] 

Ij. H. Yarboro, [-Committee. 
Miller L. Wilson, J 
Adjourned for one hour. 

AFTERNOON SESSTON. 

Hymn, "Amazing grace how sweet the sound." 

On motion, the next session of this Association is to meet with 
the Round Hill Church, on Thursday before the first Sunday in Oc- 
tober, 1885. 

On motion, Eld. T. Bright was appointed to preach the Intro- 
ductory Sermon, and Eld. J. H. Taylor, alternate. 

On motion, the committee on Religious Exercises was instructed 
to arrange for preaching on to-morrow. 

Delegates to the Baptist State Convention, to meet at Raleigh, 
N. C, oil-Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 1884, were appointed as follows: 

Elds. C. B. Justice, J. H. Taylor, H. D. Harrill and Bros. W. F. 
Sorrels and S. H. Flemming. Also any minister or brother, who 
may attend tlie Convention, is authorized to represent this body. 

Eld. T. Dixon to preach at the stand at 1| p. m., Eld. L. McCurry 
to close. 

Eld. C. B. Justice read the report on Obituary, as follows : 

Report on Obitnary. 

Eld. Joseph C. Grayson was born June 13th, A. D., 1804, joined 
the Baptist Church at Head First Broad in the year 1825, was or- 
dained to the ministry in September, 1831, by a Presbytery, consist- 
ing of Elds. Webb, Dobbins and Padgett, which met with the church 
at Head First Broad, from which time till his death he was connect- 
ed with various churches in this and other Associations as Pastor. 

At the organization of this Association m 1841 he was elected 
Clerk, and during its history he has served as Clerk of the body four 
years, and as Moderator twenty-one years. As Pastor he baptized 
into the fellowship of the churches of this Association 461 members. 

As a man he was kind, courteous and accommodating. As a 
father indulgent, kind and yet strict in the exercise of family dis- 
cipline. Asa pastor he was faithful and zealous. His preaching 
was expository rather than otherwise. His council and advice was 
safe and reliable. 

Your committee would not claim that he was perfect, because all 
men have more or less imperfections, but perhaps Bro. Grayson had 
as few imperfections as any man connected with this Association. 

His death occurred April 26th, 1884. While his health had been 
feeble for several months, yet death called suddenly for him, and at 
the close of the day his spirit passed in triumph to the final home of 
the redeemed. ' 



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Minutes of the 



We would tender to his churches our sincere sympathy in then- 
great loss, and to his family our heartfelt expressions of sympathy 
with them in this, the saddest of all their bereavements. Praying 
the God of the fatherless and the widow to vouchsafe unto them that 
watch care and those blessings which will more than compensate for 
all earthly loss. 

C. B. Justice, ") « ., , 

H. Portrum, j Committee. 

On motion, after remarks by Eld. C. B. Justice and Bro. S. H. 
Flemming, it was adopted. 

The hour for the consideration of the report on Education hav- 
ing arrived, remarks were made by Eld. J. B. Boone, and the report 
adopted. 

Bro. H. Portrum, Treasurer, read the following report : 

Treasurer's Report. 
H. Portrum, Tr'eas., in account ivith Green River Association : 



Dr. 


State 
Missions. 


Foreign 
Missions. 


Home • 
Missions. 


Educa- 
tion. 


Mt. Vernon Church, 


$ 4 40 


$ 4 45 


$ 3 00 


$ 5 00 


Cooper's Gap church, 


90 
1 20 




Round Hill church 


1 25 




Floyd's Creek church, 




3 00 
3 15 
5 00 
5 00 




s 


Big Level church 


1 15 




i 


Green River church 


Cool Spring 


5 00 
3 30 




5 00 


Columbus L. Mis. Society... 
Columbus eh urch 







8 95 
3 00 




j 


Montford's Cove church 

Mt. Zion church 


50 
2 75 




1 




i 


Mt. Lebanon church 


1 00 

3 12 

95 

1 78 

2 31 
5 00 




i 


Dy sarts ville church 

Holly Spring church, 


3 12 


3 ii j 

i 


Pleasant Hill church 


1 77 


! 


Piny Knob church 




Mt. Pleasant church 








H. P. Lynch 






1 00 



Win. Dellinger for Dr. Yates 
Cooper's Gap L. Mis. Society 
Bill's Creek church. 




2 00 
2 55 
5 00 

4 75 












Rock Spring 








Saturday's collection 

Su nday ' s collection 


7 r 02 
9 02 




1 


9 03 






Totals. 




1 


$ 40 13 


<K 71 9,0 


$ 3 GO 

son College, 

3ge....$ 10 00 

ptist 

$128 53 


$ 14 11 | 

1 
$138 53 

nirer. 


Friday's collection for Jud- 

son College $10 00 

Total, including Friday 

By amount to Eld. J. B. Bo 

By amount to B. F. Monti 

State Convention 

Total 


) 

( 

s collection for Jud 

one for Judson Colh 

igue, Treasurer Ba 


$128 


13 




H. Portrum, Ti 



On motion, after remarks by Bro. Portrum, Elds. C. B. Justice, 
J. B. Boon, the report was adopted, to include the collection on Sun- 
day for State and Foreign Missions. 

Note. — There appeared a balance in the hands of the Treasurer, 
iu the Minutes of 1883, as follows : 

For Foreign Missions $1.5). For Sunday-School Board $2.50. 
For Ministerial Education $10.95. Proper receipts for which have 
been exhibited to the present Moderator and Clerk. 

On motion, the query from Bethel Church was taken up and an- 
swered as follows : 

'"Should Union Sunday-Schools be reported ?" Answer: "Xo." 
Viz : should not be reported as Baptist schools. 

On motion, the Clerk was instructed to have the "Association 
Covenant" and "Rules of Order" of this Association printed with 
tbe Minutes. 

On motion, the thanks of this Association were tendered to the 
Pleasant Hill Church, and to the citizens of this vicinity for their 
kin 1 treatm mc, and hospitality extended to the delegare-;, who at- 
tended this session of the Association. 

On motion, adjourned to meet with the Round Hill Church, ten 
miles north of Rutherfordton, X. C. , on Thursday, (Jet. 1st, 1885. 

Hymn, "Jesus, lover of my soul." 

Prayer, Eld. T. Bright leading. 

Benediction by Eld. J. H. Taylor. 

J. H. YARBORO, Moderator. 

A. L. Grayson. Clerk. 



Sunday, October 5th, I<ss4, lo o'clock a. m. 

Hymn, "How firm a foundation." Lesson, prayer and sermon 
by Eld. T. Bright. Text : Phil, ii : 5. Prayer, Elder A- A. McSwain 
leading. 

At 11 a. m. Eld. J. B. Boone preached from 1 Cor. i : 18, 23, 24, 
followed by a collection for State and Foreign Missions amounting 
to §18.03. 

At 1 f. :vi., prayer and sermon by Elder C. B. Justice. Text, 
Psalm civ : 1. Prayer by Bro. S. M. Flemming. 

Benediction by Eld. C. B. Justice. 



Assoc iat ion C o vena n t . 

Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, and 
that there are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, 
and the Holy Ghost, and these are one in substance, and equal in 
power and glory. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

%. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in a man's impotency to recover himself from the 
fallen state he is in, by his own free will and ability. 

5. We believe tha't sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
through the imputed righteousness' of Jesus Christ. 

6. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that they 
never shall finally fall away. 



7. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordi- 
nances instituted by Christ, and that true believers are the only 
proper subjects thereof. 

8. We believe immersion is the only Scriptural mode of baptism. 

9. We believe that no person has a right to administer the ordi- 
nances but such as are regularly called and qualified thereto. 

ID. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and a general 
judgment ; that the 'punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting, 
and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, 
agreeing to the above Articles of Faith, do for and in behalf of the 
churches which we represent, covenant and agree, and give ourselves 
up to each other in church and christian fellowship, in order to keep 
up the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace, and to assist each 
other in all' matters of distress, and to pray for each other's prosperity. 



Ruler-; of Order. 

Rule T. Every meeting of business shall be opened and closed 
with prayer, either by the Moderator or some brother whom he shall 
appoint. 

Rule II. Each speaker shall arise and address the Moderator 
on any subject to be discussed. 

Rule III. No motion shall be debated unless seconded. No 
member shall speak more than twice on the same motion without 
special leave of the Association. 

Rule IV. The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by ballot, 
and continue in office until their successors are elected,, 

Rule V. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, 
unless otherwise directed. 

Rule VI. During the hours of business all private conversation, 
walking across or out of the house, without permission of the Mod- 
erator first obtained, shall be deemed a breach of order. 

Rule VII. The ndfmes of members shall be called each day pre- 
vious to proceding to business. 

Rule VIII. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing, signed 
by the mover and handed to the Moderator or Clerk before they are 
debated. N 

Rule IX. When a question is under debate no motion shall be 
received but to adjourn, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to lay 
on the table or to amend, which several motions shall have preced- 
ence in the order in which they are -arranged. But no motion or 
proposition on a subject different from that under consideration shall 
be admitted under color of amendment. 

Rule X. When a motion has once been made and carried in the 
affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member who 
voted with the majority to move for reconsideration thereof on the 
same day. 

Rule XT. When the reading of any paper is called for, ami ob- 
jected to by any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the As- 
sociation. 

Rule XIL No member shall absent himself in the time of busi- 
ness, unless he be sick and unable to attend. 

Rule XIII. All questions, except such as relate to the Constitu- 
tion, shall be decided by a majority vote. 

Rule XIV. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the foregoing 
regulations, he shall be regarded as untrue to his trust, and shall be 
liable to be reminded of his duty by any member present. 



MINUTES 

OF THE 

SUNDAY-SCHOOL CONVENTION, 
SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION. 



The Sunday-school Convention of the Green River Association 
convened with the church at Dysartsville, McDowell county, N. C, 
on Friday, the 29th day of August, 1884. 

The Convention was opened with religious services conducted 
by Bro. W. F. Sorrels and Eld. J. R. Denton. 

In the absence of the former President and Secretary, Eld. J. R. 
Denton was chosen President pro tern., and Bro. .J. F. C. Stacy, Sec- 
retary pro tern. 

The churches com posing the Green River Association were call- 
ed, and delegates from the several Schools enrolled as follows : 

Bethlehem— Gc. W. Reel. 

Bethel.— J. M. Ray burn. 

Bi/sarUei/fe.—Jj. (I. L. Taylor, H. H. Taylor, G. I). Taylor, A. 
B. Taylor. 

Camp Creel-.— William Xix. B. Biggerstafl'. 

Cane Creek.— J, R. Walker, R. K. Wilson. 

Bound Hill.— I,. L. Deck, AV. M. Nairn ey, W. F. Sorrels, C. O. 
Sorrels. 

&L Vernon.— J. W. Davis. 

J^eaxairt Grove. — J. M. Taylor. • 

Holly Storing (branch school, ).— J. B. Elliott. 

BrieiiV-i (branch school.) — H. C, Williams, A. L. McEntiiv. 

No delegations from the other churches. 

Bro. L. L. Deck was elected President, and Bro. J. F. C. Stacy 
was elected Secretary. 

On motion, a committee of five was appointed to select subjects 
for discussion during this session of the Convention, viz: Eld. .). R. 
Denton, Bros. J. M. Taylor, \V. F. Sorrels, James Davis and A. L. 
McEntire, and requested to report to-morrow. 

On motion, adjourned till 9 a. m. to-morrow. 



Saturday, August 30, 1884. 

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment, and after prayer 
by Eld. J. R. Denton, was called to order by President L. L. Deck. 

The report of the committee to select subjects for discussion, was 
read and adopted as follows: 



16 Minutes of the 



First— The best manner of interesting children in the Sunday- 
School, and getting. parents to attend. Speaker, James Davis. 

Second — How are we to make our Schools evergreen f Speaker, 
L. G, L. Taylor. 

Third — What is a minister's presence worth in a Sabbath-school? 
Speaker, R. K. Wilson. 

Fourth— What is a Sabbath-school? Speaker, J. II. Denton. 

Fifth — What are Sabbath-school helps — am I one? Speaker, 
W. F. Sorrels. 

Sixth— What should be the prime aim or purpose of the Sabbath- 
school worker? Speaker, J. M. Taylor. 

First subject was discussed by Bros. James Davis, L. L. Deck, 
R. K. Wilson, W. F. Sorrels and J. R. Denton. 

Second subject was discussed by Bros. L. G. L. Taylor, James 
Davis, J. W. Reel, W. F. Sorrels and Elds. I,. McCurry and J. R. 
Denton. 

On motion, adjourned til! 12} p. m., to hear a sermon by Bro. J. 
M. Taylor. 

The Convention met at 12} p. m. 

Third subject was discussed by Bros. R. K. Wilson, L. L. Deck, 
J. M. Taylor and Eld. J. R. Denton. 

Fourth subject was discussed by Eld. J. R. Denton and Bro. Jas 
Davis. 

Fifth subject was discussed by Bros. W. F. Sorrels, J M. Taylor,, 
J. R. Denton, L. L. Deck and James Davis. 

Sixth subject was discussed by Bros. J. M. Taylor, W. F. Sorrels, 
L. McCurry, J. R. Denton, James Davis, L. G. L. Taylor and L. L. 
Deck. 

On motion, the Treasurer of this Convention was instructed to j 
give the money on hand to the purpose for which it was appropriated, i 

Bro. W. F. Sorrels was appointed to preach at 1 1 a. m. to-morrow. , 

Bro. J. W. Davis offered the following, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That we tender our thanks to the members of Dysarts- j 
ville Church for their kind entertainment of this body. 

On motion adjourned, to meet at time and place appointed by 
the next session of the Green River Association (Floyd's Creek,) on | 
Friday before the 5th Sunday in May, 1885. 

Prayer, Elder L. McCurry leading. 

L. L. DECK, President. 

J. F. C. Stacy, Secretary. 



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MINUTES 



-OF THE- 



FORTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION 



-OF THE- 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



-HELD WITH THE 



Church at Hound fiill, '[[idberford 'Co., %[ r €., 



Oct. 1st, 2d and 3d, 1885. 



T. Bright, Moderator, Mills Spring, N. C. 

Wm. F. Sorrels, Clerk, Cuba, N. C. 

Henry Portrum, Treasurer, Rutherfordton, N. C 



Shelby, N. C: 
J. P. Ba'bington, Book and Job Printer, 

1885. 



MUSTITTES 



-OF THE- 



FORTY-FIFTH AOUAL SESSION 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



-HELD WITH THE- 



^Cl)urcl) at T\ound Jl'dl, leather ford l Co. } j^f. H.j 



Oct. 1st, 2d and 3d, 1885. 



T. Bright, Moderator, Mills Spring, N. C. 

Wm. F: Sorrels, Clerk, Cuba, N. C. 

Henry Portrum, Treasurer, Rutherford ton, N. C 



Sttf,t/by, N. C: 
J. P. Babinuton, Book and Job Printer, 

L885. 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF MINISTERS. 



Bright, T Mills Spring, N. C. 

Denton, J. It Dysartsville, 

Harrill, William Forest City, 

Harrill, H. D Forest City, 

Holbert, John Mills Spring, 

Justice, T. B Mills Spring, 

Justice, C. B Rutherfordton, 

Jones, A. T Poore's Ford, 

Logan, W. H Ayr, 

Landrum, M. M Try on City, 

McFaddin, J. T Rutherfordton, 

McMahan. A Poor's Ford'; 

McCurry, Lewis Dysartsville, 

Taylor, E. L.. Rutlier ordton, 

Taylor, J. II Grassy Knob, 

Wilkie Joab Rutherfordton, 

Yarborough, J. II Forest City, 



LICENTIATES. 



Diviney, J. V Holly Bush, N 

Hunt, A .Gamble's Store, 

Harrill, D. B. F Rutherfordton, 

Harris, B. B Ayr, 

Jackson, Elbert Mills Spring, 

Mashburn, A. B Marion, 

Pendergras, J. R Wake Forest, 

Sorrels, W. F Cuba, 

Taylor, J. M Rutherfordton, 

Taylor, L. G. L Dysartsville, 



BOARD OF MISSIONS. 

H. Portrum, Treasurer Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Matt McBrayer, Secretary Forest City, " 

J. W. Morgan Otter Creek, " 

A. L. Grayson Rutherfordton, " 



ft^ Next Session at Cool Spring Church, Forest City, Rutherford 
County, N. C, Thursday before the 1st Sunday in October, 1880. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



Tpiursday, October 1st, A. D., 1885. 

The Green River Association met this day in its Forty-fifth An- 
nual Session with the Round Hill Baptist Church, 10 miles north of 
Rutherfordton, N. C, at 11 a. m. Hymn, "Come thou fount," &c. 
Prayer, Elder T. Bright leading. 

According to previous appointment Elder T. Bright preached 
the Introductory Sermon from Heb. 10: 24. 

Prayer, Elder C. B. Justice leading. Adjourned one hour. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Hymn. "What a friend we have in Jesus," &e. 

The former Moderator, Elder J. H. Yarborough, being absent, 
Elder T. Bright was appointed Moderator pro tern., and the Assoc i* 
ation called to order and organized by appointing Bro. W. F. Sorrels 
to act as Clerk pro tern., the former Clerk, Bro. A. L. Grayson, being 
absent. Elder H. D. Harrill and Bro. J. W. Morgan were requested 
to act as assistant clerks. 

The churches composing this Association were called, letters 
read, and Messengers enrolled, as follows : 
FIRST DISTRICT. 

1. Cooper's Gap.— Elder J, H. Taylor, Bros. H. K. Corn, PI. II. 
Gibbs, J. G., Laughter, A. B. F. Mills and Allen Laughter. 

2. Chimney Rock. — Not represented. 

3. Big Level. — Not represented. 

4. BUVs Creek.— Elder W. II. Logan, Bros. P>. C. Brown, S. G. 
Williams, J. G. Dalton, W. R. Frady and J. M. Williams. 

5. Rock Spring. — Bros. Richard Ledbetterand H. M. Whiteside. 
f>. Mountain Creek. — Bros. N. C. Lovelace, J. F. Edwards, W. 

T. Lewis, Z. V. Geer, J. M. Lewis and II. Portrum. 

7. Silver Creek. — Bros. I. S. Higgins and J. R. Williams. 

8. Columbus, — Bros. James F. Riding and Gray B. Hampton. 

9. White Oak.— Elder T. Bright, Bros. John P. Arledge, William 
Reid, O. I. Nelson and J. C. Waldrop. 

10. Pleasant Hill.— Elder J. T. McFaddin, Bros. R. A. Callahan, 
A. J. Scoggin and E. W. S. Keeter. 

11. Green River.— Bros. J. H. Blanton, L. B. Hines and W. Y. 
Miller. 

SECOND DISTRICT. 

1. Stone Mountain. — Bros. A W. Morgan and J. W. Hal ford. 

2. Cherry Springs. — Letter. 

3. Zion Hill. — Not represented. 

4. Bethlehem. — Bros. N. C. Jones and G. G. Morgan. 

5. Bethel.— Bros. J. W. Grayson, A. B Mashburii, J. V. Devene, 
Bros. J. D. Morris and Pinkney Morris. 



Jf Minutes of the 



G. Dysartsville. — Bros. A. B. Taylor, J. D. liogan, A. R. Yelton, 
L. L. Taylor, with Elder John R. Denton. 

7. Montford's Cove.— Bros. J. W, Morgan, J. R. Harris, J. M. 
Stott and J. H. Wilkerson. 

8. Piney Knob.— Bros. A. B. Haynes, W. L. Bland and W. W. 
Sorrels. 

9. Camp Creek. — Bros. G. W. GnfFey and C, Clements. 

10. Cane Creek. —Bros. A. E. Wilson and J. R. Walker. 

11. Bound Hill.— Bros. William M. Nanney, L. L. Deck, W. F. 
Sorrels and I. P. Sorrels. 

12. Old Fort.— Bros. R. H. Moore and W. M. Mashburn. 

13. Marion.— Bros. W. M. Blanton and W. M. James. 

THIRD DISTRICT. 

1. Mt. Vernon.— Bros. N. J. Rollins, R. P. Geer, J. G. Logan, 
Robert G. Freeman and M. L. Wilson. 

2. Butherfordton. — Bros. A. L. Grayson, M. PI. Justice, W. L. 
Lynch, Elders E. L. Taylor, T. B. Justice, C. B. Justice. 

3. Shiloh. — Elders A. T. Jones and Joab Wilkie, Bros. A. B. 
Jones, N. Scoggin, D. C. Culbreth, William McDonald and John 
Abram. 

4. Holly Springs. — Bros. J. E. Henson and James Henson. 

5. Mt. Zion.— Elder L. McCurry, Bros. William Bracket and 
John Bracket. 

6. Mt. Pleasant.— Elder A. McMahan, Bros. W. S. Hill, D. T. 
Mc Arthur, Orsen Morrow and B. McMahan. 

7. Floyd's Creek. — Not represented. 

8. Cool Spring.— Bros. M. F. Flack, J. B. Blanton, Win. Martin, 
Elders H. D. Harrill, J. H. Yarboro, William Karri 11. 

9. Mt Lebanon— -Bros. A. P. Hollifield, J, M. Freeman, M. D. 
Wilson. 

10. First Broad.— -Bros. J. O. Waters, O. L. Waters, W. A. 
Blankenship. 

Invitation extended to newly-constituted churches and churches 
holding letters of dismission from other associations to join this body. 

Received by letter Old Fort Church from Catawba River Asso- 
ciation. 

On motion, agreed to leave over the permanent organization of 
the Association till to-morrow. 

Corresponding Messengers were invited to seats, and enrolled as 
follows : . 

John E. Ray, Corresponding Secretary of Baptist State Conven- 
tion. 

South Fork Association— C. M. Murchison. 

The Moderator announced the following committees : 

Foreign Missions— E\o\ers C. N B. Justice and C. M. Murchison. 

Beligious Exercises — The Pastor and Deacons of Round Hill 
Church. 



Green River Association. 5 

State Missions — Bros. John E. Ray and N. C. Lovelace. 
Periodicals— Elder H. D. Harrill, Bro. W. F. Sorrels. 
Home Missions — Bro. O. I. Nelson, Elder W. H. Logan. 
Order of Business— Bros. L. L. Deck, R. H. Moore, with the 
Moderator and Clerk. 

On motion, adjourned to 9} o'clock a. m. to-morrow. 
Bro. John E. Ray lead the Association in prayer. 



Friday, October 2d, 1885, 9} o'clock a. m. 

Spent half an hour in devotional exercises, conducted by Elder 
C. M. Murchison. Lesson, 23d Psalm. 

Part of the hymn, "There is a fountain," &c. 

Prayer, Elder C. M. Murchison leading. 

The remaining verses of aforesaid hymn were sung, and Elder 
W. II. Logan lead in prayer, after which the Association was called 
to order by the Moderator. 

On motion, delegates who are present without their church let- 
ter are recognized as members of this body. 

Invitation re-extended to newly-constituted churches, and 
churches holding letters of dismission from other associations to 
join this body. 

Received by letter Marion Church from Catawba River Associ- 
ation. 

Corresponding Messengers were again invited to seats, and en- 
rolled as follows : 

Western Baptist Convention — Elder J. E. Carter, editor and rep- 
resentative of Blue Ridge Baptist. 

Spartanburg Association — Elder W. L. Brown. 

King's Mountain Association — Elder A. L. Stough. 

Went into an election of officers, which resulted in the choice of 
Elder T. Bright as Moderator and Bro. W. F. Sorrels as Clerk. 

Elder D. W. Herring and Bro. C. L. Smith were invited to seats, 
Bro. Smith privileged to represent the Biblical Recorder. 

The following report on Order of Business was read, and on mo- 
tion adopted : 

Report on Order of Business- 
The committee on ""Order of Business" submit the following re- 
port: 

1. Meet at 9| a. m. each day and adjourn at 12 m., unless other- 
wise ordered by the Association. Meet at 1 p. m. and adjourn at 
pleasure. 

2. Read proceedings of previous day. 
a. Call the roll. 

4. Read "Rules of Order." 

5. Appoint committees on Finance, on Temperance, and on Sab- 
bath Schools. 

6. Call for reports of committees. 

7. Appoint Corresponding Messengers. 



8. Appoint Union Meeting and ministers to attend. 

9. Consider ministerial education, and the obligation on churches 
thereto. 

10. Consider the obligations resting upon the churches to support 
their pastors, so as to enable them to give themselves wholly to the 
work. 

11. Appoint time and place for the next Association. 

12. Appoint minister to preach Introductory Sermon. 
18. Appoint delegates to the Baptist State Convention. 

14. Consider "Queries" from the churches. 

15. Miscellaneous business. 

L. L. Deck, R. H. Moore, \ rVvrv _»•++„ 
T. Bright, W. F. Sorrels, f ^ onimi «ee. 

Bro. Mills was welcomed to a seat in the Association. 

The following committees were appointed by the Moderator: 

Education — Bros. M. H. Justice and N. J. Rollins. 

Finance — Bros J. W. Morgan, J. C. Waldrop. 

Sabbath-Schools — Bros. John E. Ray and Elder J. H. Yarboro. 

Bro. John E. Ray read the report on State Missions, as follows : 

Report on State Missions. 

The object of our State Mission work is to send the gospel in 
those parts of North Carolina which are not favored with Baptist 
preaching. For the successful prosecution of this department of our 
labor it is necessary for our churches to furnish the means to feed 
and clothe those who carry the bread of life to the hungry souls who 
are asking for it. 

The interest in this cause has increased until the Board of Mis- 
sions of the Baptist State Convention has this year seventy Missiona- 
ries laboring in destitute portions of the State, one of whom is in our 
own bounds. And God has richly blessed the efforts of these men. 
Wherever they have sown the seeds of Truth, abundant harvests 
have been gathered. During the past three years alone, the labors 
of the Missionaries of the Board have resulted in Ihe organization 
of thirty-nine new churches, the building of twenty-eight houses of 
worship, and the professed conversion of over three thousand souls 
Is not this enough to encourage every heart and enlist every one in 
the Lord's work? 

After all that has been done, "there remaineth yet much land 
to be possessed." There are six iv hole counties in the State which 
have only four Baptist churches altogether in them, and not one 
Baptist preacher. Brethren, we cannot afford to let this state of 
things longer exist. Our motto shall be : North Carolina for Jesus 
Christ. Nor will we be satisfied until every thirsty soul has been 
supplied with the water of life. 

J N ^Lov^Io E ,}c-™'«- 

On motion to adopt, remarks were made by Bro. John E. Ray. 
Pending the motion to adopt, a motion to adjourn 45 minutes pre- 
vailed. Prayer, Bro. John E. Ray leading. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Hymn, "I need Thee every hour." 

Prayer, Elder A. L. Stough leading. 

The Moderator called the Association to order. 

The report on State Missions, which was pending at adjourn- 



Green River Association 



7 



merit at noon, was taken up and the discussions thereof were partic- 
ipated in by Bro. John E. Ray and Elder C. B. Justice. 

The churches agreed to try to get up the remaining part of $100, 
which was expected of them ly the Convention. The following 
churches agreed to make a trial for the amounts annexed to their 
names and send same to Bro. Ray by the 1st of November next : 

Cooper's Gap $1, Rock Springs $1, Mountain Creek $4, Silver 
Creek $1, White Oak $2, Pleasant Hill $1, Stone Mountain $1, Beth- 
lehem $1, Cherry Springs $1, Bethel $1.50, Montford's Cove$l, Piney 
Knob $1, Camp Creek $2, Cane Creek $1, Round Hill $2, Mt. Vernon 
$2, Rutherfordton $5, Holly Springs $1, Mt. Zion $1, Cool Springs $2, 
Mt. Lebanon $1. 

The following churches paid their pledges : 

Bill's Creek $2, Columbus $1, Mt. Pleasant $1, First Broad $1. 
The report was adopted. 

Hymn, "All hail the power of Jesus' name," &c. 

Eld. C. B. Justice read the report on Foreign Missions, as follows : 

Report on Foreign Missions. 

The Lord commanded His disciples to "go into all the world and 
preach the gospel to every creature." To execute this great commis- 
sion is the chief business of the churches of Christ to do to-day ; for 
the greater part of the world is still without the gospel, and has 
never heard it. What are we doing? 

Our Foreign Mission Board, located at Richmond, Va., reports : 

In China, with its four hundred million heathen, 25 foreign mis- 
sionaries, 28 native assistants, 045 church members. 

In Italy, with 26,789,000 Roman Catholics, 2 missionaries, 10 
native preachers, 250 members. 

In Africa, with 190,000.000 heathen and Mohamedans, 7 mission- 
aries, 8 native assistants, 125 members. 

In Brazil, with 11,780,000 Roman Catholics, 4 missionaries, 4 na- 
tive assistants, 113 members. 

In Mexico, with 9,000,000 Roman Catholics, 10 missionaries, 5 
native assistants, 190 members. 

We have also schools : In Mexico with 93 pupils ; Brazil with 
40; Africa with 195; China with 145: Rome with 32. Our Foreign 
missionary force is 52, of whom 25 are ministers, 27 ladies ; native 
assistants 55, members 1323, baptisms 203. The work is now enlarged. 
Brethren R. T. Bryan and D. W. Herring are newly-appointed from 
North Carolina. More Missionaries and greater expense call for 
larger contributions. The Board needs $100,000.03. Of this North 
Carolina is asked to give $8,000. 

In 1884, Green River Association with 4,094 members, reported 
$124.28 for Foreign Missions— only 3 cents each. This Association is 
now asked to give $300 — only 7| cents each. Without this we cannot 
raise $8,000 in the State. 

C. B. Justice, \ roTT1TTlittpp 
C. M. Murchison, | committee. 

On motion to adopt, a motion prevailed to set apart 11 o'clock 

a. m. to-morrow for the discussion of said report. 

Elder C. B. Justice offered a resolution, which read as follows : 
Resolved, That we are in full sympathy and accord with the 

movement recently inaugurated to build a Baptist Orphanage at 



£ 



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Thomasville, N. C, and pledge to the same our prayers and contri- 
butions. 

On motion to adopt, a motion was offered and carried to make 1 
p. m. to-morrow a special order for the discussion of same. Brother 
Mills special speaker. 

Bro. W. F. Sorrels read the report on Periodicals, as follows : 
On Periodicals. 

We, your committee on Periodicals, have long since been con- 
vinced of the necessity of a religious newspaper in every family. 
Such papers are very numerous in our land, and at the same time we 
have an abundance of literature which is as destructive to the flock 
as a wolf in sheep's clothing; therefore we would advise all to be 
very careful in the selection of their family newspapers. 

As your committee we would recommend the Biblical Recorder, 
our State organ ; the Blue Ridge Baptist, the organ of the W. B. 0, ; 
the Foreign Mission Journal, and Kind Words. 

H. D. Harrill, ") ^ ... 

W. F. Sorrels, } Committee. 

On motion to adopt, remarks were made by Elders C. B. Justice, 
J. E. Carter, H. D. Harrill, Bros. John E. Ray, M. H. Justice, C. L. 
Smith. Report was adopted. 

On motion adjourned till 9} o'clock a. m., to-morrow. 

Hymn, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow," &c. 

Prayer, Elder D. W. Herring leading. 



Saturday, October 3d, 1885, 9} a. m. 
Hymn, "Jesus lover of my soul," &c. 

Lesson 116th Psalm. Prayer, lead by Elder D. W. Herring. 
Hymn, "Cross and Crown." 
Association called to order by the Moderator. 
Record of yesterday read and adopted. 

Elder Z. T. Harrill, corresponding messenger from King's Moun- 
tain Association, was welcomed to a seat. 

On motion, speeches were limited to 20 minutes. 

Elder A. L. Stough read the report on Temperance, as follows : 

On Temperance. 

How emphatic, how comprehensive is the Apostle's injunction, 
"Abstain from all appearance of evil." Some expositors render the 
expression thus, "Abstain from every sort and kind of evil." In 
this sense it is a most important precept. But probably the true 
meaning of this passage is the commonly received one, that we are 
not only to abstain from the things that are really and manifestly 
evil, but from such also that are doubtful and in appearance such. 

Without stopping to specify other things, we at once pronounce 
the use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage to be condemned when 
tried by this test. 

See that young man, he thinks he can take a social glass without 
running any hazard. Afterwards he thinks of the pleasure he en- 
joyed from the excitement of the cup. He thinks he can still enjoy 
ind another, and not pass the line that divides safety from 
A taste for the poison is already formed. He will not be 



another 
danger. 



Green River Association. 9 



satisfied by taking a glass now and then. Every portion is a link in 
that chain which is to bind him on the altar of ruin. His hand be- 
gins to shake. He is a captive and a slave. The seeds reproduce 
themselves with fearful rapidity. Look! he is a. ragged, bloated 
sot ! The mark of the beast is on his face. His character and prop- 
erty are shipwrecked. His mind and body are in ruin. See him as 
he goes from the rum hole! He has no bread to eat, no home, no 
friend ! The sun scorches his head, or the cold chills his crazy frame. 
The hail and tempest beat upon him, and the winds sport with his 
rags. Now he is assailed with delerium tremens! The serpents 
hiss. Evil demons flap their deadly wings. Bee him gnash his 
teelh ! Satan h as marked him for his own. On every object that 
ttieefs his eye is written, and every voice that thunders in his ears, 
no drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God. 



A. L. Stougii, \ committee 
J. H. Mills, f <- onmmcee - 



On motion to adopt, remarks were made by Elder J. R. Denton 
and the report was adopted. 

Bro. John E. Ray read the following report on Sabbath-Schools : 

Report on Sunday-Schools. 

When the prophet of the Lord in olden times wanted to cleanse 
the waters which were unfit for use and make them palatable, he 
went to the spring and cast salt into it, and the waters w T ere healed. 
So our Sunday-school work has much to do with removing many of 
the evils of the day. Along with other things it takes hold of the 
children and trains them in those things which pertain to their 
eternal salvation. 

Another great object of the Sunday-School is to instruct church 
members more fully in the doctrines of the Bible, incite them to a 
study of the Scriptures, and give them wholesome work to do. How 
important then it is that every Baptist Church should have its Sun- 
dav School. Your committee would recommend our Baptist Sunday 
School supply store, at Raleigh, to our pastors, churches, Sunday 
schools and families as the place to get all their literature of every 
kind. From this source they can get anything they need at lowest 
prices. Respectfully submitted, 

J. H. Yaeroro, ) ~ .,, 

John E. Ray, } Committee. 

On motion to adopt, remarks were made by Bro. John E. Ray. 

On motion, granted Bro. Ray 10 minutes' more time. Elders T. 
Bright and J. H. Yarboro participated in the discussion. Report 
w r as adopted. 

The hour having arrived for the discussion of the report on For- 
eign Missions, it was taken up and remarks were made by Elder W. 
L. Brown. Hymn, "The morning light is breaking, " &c, after 
which Elder D. W. Herring had permission of the Association to 
speak as long as he desired oil the above named subject, and after he 
had addressed the audience, the following churches agreed to try to 
raise the amount annexed to the name of their church during the 
next associational year for Foreign Missions : 

Cooper's Gap $5, Chimney Rock $5, Bill's Creek $7, Rock Springs 
$5, Mountain Creek $10, Silver Creek $5, Columbus $-5, White Oak 



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$5, Pleasant Hill $5, Green River $5, Stone Mountain $5, Cherry 
Springs $2.50, Zion Hill $2.50, Bethlehem $5, Bethel $5, Montford's 
Cove $5, Piney Knob $2, Camp Creek $3, Cane Creek $2, Round Hill 
$5, Mt. Vernon $10, Rutherfordton $40, Mt. Zion $2.50, Mt. Pleasant 
$5, Cool Springs $10, Mt. Lebanon $2, First Broad $5, Old Fort $10, 
Marion $5. 

The report was adopted. 

On motion, adjourned one hour. 

Hymn, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow," &c. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Hymn, "I need Thee every hour." 

Prayer, Elder W. L, Brown leading. 

The Moderator called the Association to order. 

The hour having arrived for the discussion of the resolution con- 
cerning the Baptist Orphanage, Bro. Mills is granted unlimited time 
to speak on this subject. / 

Elder H. D. Harrill announced preaching at the stand by Elder 
J. R. Denton, followed by Elder Z. T. Harrill. 

After Bro. Mills had addressed the audience a collection was 
taken for the Baptist Orphanage amounting to $17.63. 

After which the resolution was adopted. 

"Hymn, "Jesus, lover of my soul," &c. 

Bro. O. I. Nelson read the report on Home Missions, as follows : 

Report on Home Missions. 

The work of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist 
Convention is to supply the destitute portions of the Southern States 
and Territories with Baptist preaching. There are several of these 
States and Territories in which our cause is so weak that they can- 
not supply all their needs. In Louisiana there are twenty-eight 
counties in which there are no Baptist churches nor Baptist preach- 
ers. There are only 18,180 white Baptists in the whole State. In 
Arkansas there are twenty-five county towns without any Baptist 
houses of worship. It is our duty and privilege to help these weak 
States preach the Gospel to the thousands of souls who are perishing 
without it. The success of the cause of Christ in the South, if not 
in the world, depends greatly upon the work of this Board. Your 
committee would therefore urge the churches of the Green River As- 
sociation to take a collection at least once a year for this cause. 
Respectfully submitted, 

fe^SSSi, } Committee. 
On motion, after remarks by Elder J. E. Carter, it was adopted. 
The following report on Education was read by Eld. C. B. Justice : 

Report on Education. 

Your committee on Education fully appreciate the importance 
of the subject, still believe it is unnecessary to impress upon this As- 
sociation the fact that the great want of the times is to educate the 
boys and girls growing up around us. The maxim, "Knowledge is 
Power," is too well established to require proof or argument. The 



Green River Association. 11 

question, How can we educate our children so as to elevate them 
mentally and morally? is the one that interests us. 

Your committee recommend first, more care in the selection of 
the teachers of public schools ; second, more thorough teaching in 
the Sunday-schools ; constant employment for the young ; encour- 
age them to work, study or play vigorously. Idleness is ruining a 
great many boys in whom are wonderful possibilities. 

We recommend further the judicious selection of such High 
Schools and Colleges as will insure them proper mental culture, and 
at the same time throw around them wholesome, moral and religious 
influences. Wake Forest College stands first in our estimation as 
the place to fit young men for the business of life. Every effort is 
there made for their proper training in all respects. That College is 
too well known to require further mention. 

We believe that every young minister who can. should take the 
course at our Theological Seminary, at Louisville, Kentucky. 

We recommend Shelby Female College as a safe High School for 

the girls. We also recommend Judson College, at Hendersonville, 

which, while not occupying the high position of Wake Forest, is a 

good school, under excellent management and worthy of patronage. 

Respectfully submitted, 

^IS } Committee. 
On motion to adopt, a motion prevailed to make the discussion 
of it a special order for a mass meeting at 9} a. m., to-morrow. 

The report on Finance was read by Bro. J. W. Morgan, as follows : 

Report on Finance. 

Your committee on Finance report $34.10 sent up by the churches 
for Minutes. We recommend that the Clerk of the Association re- 
tain $7 for his services, to include furnishing blank printed letters, 
for each church, as adopted by the Association heretofore, and that 
the balance be expended for the printing of the Minutes, to be dis- 
tributed to the churches in proportion as each has contributed to the 
Minute fund. J. W. MorcxAN, \ roTTlmittpp 

J. C. Waldrop, f <- ommi ttee. 

On motion, it was adopted. 

On motion, agreed that the collection of to-morrow be equally 
divided between State and Foreign missions. 

Bro. Portrum, Treasurer, read the following report : 



[See Treasurer's Report on next page.] 



12 


Minutes of the 








Treasurer's Report. 






IT. Portrum, Treasurer, in account with the Green River Association. 


\ 1885.] 


STATE MISSIONS. 






October 2d 


To am't ree'd from Cool Spring Church, 


$ 2.10 


! 


4 4 14 


" ain't ree'd from Bethlehem church 


... 1.13 




44 it 


" am't ree'd from Mount' n Creek elm re 


h, 1.00 




a 


To collection Friday 


...12.45 


I edged. 1 


" am't from Bill's Creek church 


... 2.00 p 


" " 


w ' am't from Cooper's Gap church 


... 1.00 


" 


t< <i 


" am't from Mt. Pleasant church 


... 1.00 


44 


44 u 


" am't from Silver Creek church 


... 1.00 


44 


»< 


" am't from Columbus church 


... i.oo 


44 


u 


" am't from Head First Broad 


... 1.0) 


44 


! u u 


" am't from Mt. Zion church 


... 1.00 


" 


1 


To collection Sunday..... 


... 0.81 


i 




To am't from Columbus church 


... 1.50 






To am't from Old Fort church 


... 2.0) 


1 


1885.] 




$34.99 


1 


October 4th. By paid Jno. E. ~Rny, Cor. Sec'y, receipt, 


131.99 


1885.] 


FOREIGN MISSIONS. 






October 2d 


To am't ree'd from Green River church 


$ 5.00 


j 


a n. 


" am't ree'd from Mt. Zion church 


. 2.50 


i 


t( (( 


" am't ree'd from Cool Springs church. 


. 2.15 


1 


u (( 


" am't ree'd from Ml. Vernon church... 


.. 5.25 


■ 


II u 


u am't ree'd from Bethlehem church.... 


75 


| 


44 44 


" am't ree'd from Mountain Creek ch... 


.. 3.08 




3d 


" am't ree'd from Mt. Pleasant church.. 


.. 2.70 


| 


(i it 


" am't ree'd from Pleasant Hill church. 


.. 1.45 


j 


u , u 


" am't ree'd from Columbus church 


.. 2.00 






To collection Sunday 


. 0.80 




1885.] 
October 4. 




$31.08 




By paid Jno. E. Ray, Cor. Sec'y, receipt, 


$31. G8 j 


18S5.] 


HOME MISSIONS. 






October 2d 


. To am't ree'd from Mt. Zion church, 


$ 2.50 


! 


u n 


" am't ree'd from Bethlehem church.... 


58 




1885.] 




$ 3. OS 






October 4. 


By paid Jno. E. Ray, Cor. Sec'y, receipt, 




$3.08 1 


1885.] 


EDUCATION. 






October 2d 


To am't ree'd from Cool Spring church,. 


.$ 2.15 




4 4 U 


" am't ree'd from Mt. Vernon church,. 


. 1.40 




14 44 


" ain't ree'd from Bethlehem church.... 


75 




44 44 


44 am't ree'd from Old Fort church....... 


. 2.00 




1885.] 




$ 6.30 






October 4. 


By paid Jno. E, Ray, Cor. Sec'y, receipt, 
Respectfully submitted. 




$ 6.30 




H. PORTRUM, Treas. Green River Association. 


October 4th, 1885. 






Receiv 


3d from Dysartsville Church 


.1 2.0G 




Paid to J. R. Denton 




$ 2.06 



Green River Association. 13 

Messengers were appointed to other associations, as follows : 

King's Mountain— which meets at Beaver Dam, 4 miles south- 
west of Shelby, on Thursday before the 4th Sunday in September, 
1886 : Elders J. H. Yarboro, J. R. Denton, H. D. Harrill, E. L. Tay- 
lor, and Bro. N. C. Lovelace. 

Broad River — which meets at El Bethel, Union county, S. C, on 
Thursday before the 1st Sunday in September, 1886: Elders J. H. 
Yarboro, A. T. Jones, and Bro. J. W. Davis. 

Henderson— Bros. O. I. Nelson, H. K. Corn. 

The Union Meeting was appointed to be held with the church at 
White Oak, Polk county, on Friday before the 5th Sunday in May, 
1886, at which time and place the Sunday-School Convention of this 
Association will meet. Elders J. H. Yarboro, H. D. Harrill, E. L. 
Taylor, C. B. Justice, J. R. Denton and T. Bright were appointed to 
attend. 

On motion, "Order of Business" Nos. 9 and 10 were passed over. 

On motion, the next session of this Association is to meet with 
the Cool Spring Church on r J hursday before the first Sunday in 
October, 1886. 

On motion, Elder H. D. Harrill was appointed to preach the In- 
troductory Sermon, and Elder J. R. Denton, alternate. 

Delegates were appointed to the Baptist State Convention, which 
meets at Reidsville, N. C, on Thursday before the 2d Sunday in No- 
vember, 1885, as follows : Elders C. B. Justice, J. H. Yarboro. Also 
any minister or brother, who may attend the Convention, is author- 
ized to represent this body. 

On motion, agreed to take up a collection to-morrow evening, to 
be used in the building of Dysartsville church house. 

On motion, the thanks of this Association were tendered to the 
Round Hill Church, and to the citizens of this vicinity for their kind 
treatment, and hospitality extended to the delegates who attended 
this session of the Association. 

On motion, adjourned to meet with the Cool Spring Church, at 
Forest City, Rutherford county, N. C, on Thursday before the first 
Sunday in October, 1886. 

Hymn, "We're going home to-morrow." 

Elder J. E. Carter lead the closing prayer. 

T. BRIGHT, Moderator. 

W. F. Sorrels, Clerk. • 



Sunday, October 4th, 1885, 9} o'clock, a. m. 
Hymn, "What a friend we have in Jesus," &c. 
Lesson, 100th Psalm. Prayer, lead by the Moderator. 
The time for the discussion of the report on Education being so 
short, it was passed without discussion. 

At 10 a. m. Elder W. L. Brown opened services at the stand by 



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using hymn ^ninety and nine, 11 and lesson 107th Psalm and prayer. 

Services continued by using hymn, u God moves in a mysterious 
way," &c. Sermon by Elder A. L. Stough. Text: Zach. 14: 6-7. 

Prayer, lead by Elder C B. Justice. 

At 11 a. m. Elder Joseph E. Carter preached from 1 Cor. 15 : 29, 
followed by a collection for State and Foreign Missions. 

At 1 p. m. prayer by Elder W. L. Brown. Hymn, "All hail the 
power of Jesus' name," &c, followed by a sermon by Elder D. \V. 
Herring. Text : Heb., 12 : 2, after which a collection was taken up 
for Dysartsville church. For amount of these collections see Treas- 
urer's Report. 

The session closed by joining Elder W. L. Brown in prayer. 



ASSOCIAT ION C OVENANT. 

Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, and 
that there are three persons in the Godhead— the Father, the Son, 
and the Holy Ghost — and these are one in substance, and equal in 
power and glory. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments 
are the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine' of original sin. 

4. We believe in a man's impotency to recover himself from the 
fallen state he is in, by his own freewill and ability. 

5. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
through the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. 

G. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that they 
never shall finally fall away. 

7. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
instituted by Christ, and that true believers are the only proper sub- 
jects thereof. 

8. We believe immersion is theonly Scriptural mode of baptism 

9. We believe that no person has a right to administer the ordi- 
nances but such as are regularly called and qualified thereto. 

10. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and a general 
judgment; that the punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting, 
and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, 
agreeing to the above Articles of Faith, do for and in behalf of the 
churches which we represent, covenant and agree, and give ourselves 
up to each other in church and christian fellowship, in order to keep 
up the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace, and to assist each 
other in all matters of distress, and to pray for each other's prosperity. 




Green River Association. 15 



Rules of Order. 
Rule 1 Every meeting; of business shall be opened and closed 
with prayer, either by the Moderator or some brother whom he shall 

dPP Rule 2. Each speaker shall arise and address the Moderator on 
any subject to be discussed. 

Rule 3. No motion shall be debated unless seconded. N o mem- 
ber shall speak more than twice, twenty minutes each, on the same 
motion without special leave of the Association. 

Rule 4. The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by ballot, and 
continue in office until their successors are elected. 

Rule 5. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, 
unless otherwise directed. . 

Rule 6. During the hours of business all private conversation, 
walking across or out of the house, without permission of the Mode- 
rator first obtained, shall be deemed a breach of order. 

Rule 7. The names of members shall be called each day previ- 
ous to proceeding to business. 

Rule 8. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing, signed by 
the mover and handed to the Moderator or Clerk before they are 
debated. # ^ '. ■' ... ., . 

Rule 9. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be 
received but to adjourn, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to lay 
on the table or to amend, which several motions shall have preced- 
ence in the order in which they are arranged. But no motion or 
proposition on a subject different from that under consideration shall 
be admitted under color of amendment. 

Rule 10. When a motion has once been made and carried in the 
affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member who 
voted with the majority to move for reconsideration thereof on the 
same day. . . • : 

Rule 11. When the reading of any paper is called for, and ob- 
jected to by any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the 
Association. * . 

Rule 12. No member shall absent himself m time of business, 
unless he be sick and unable to attend. 

Rule 13. All questions, except such as relate to the Con- 
stitution, shall be decided by a majority vote. 

Rule 14. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the foregoing reg- 
ulations, he shall be regarded as untrue to his trust, and shall be lia- 
ble to be reminded of his duty by any member present. 




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MINUTES 

— OF THE — 

SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST S. S. CONVENTION. 



This Convention met with the church at Floyd's Creek, Ruther- 
ford county, N. C, on Saturday, May 30th, 1885, at 9 o'clock a. in. 

After spending thirty minutes in devotional exercises, conduct- 
ed by Bro. J. B. Thorn, the Convention was called to order by Elder 
T. Bright, President. Delegates were enrolled as follows : 

Mountain Creek— G. M. Flack, Z. B. Geer. 

Silver Creek— Elder T. Bright. 

White Oak— Elder T. Bright. 

Pleasant Hill— R. Taylor, Elder L. Taylor. 

Round Hill— C. C. Sorrels. 

Mount Vernon — Z. B. Freeman, J. H. Smith. 

Floyd's Creek— T. C. Harris. 

Cool Spring— M. J. Harrill, M. H. Flack, Elder J. H. Yarboro, 
Elder H. D. Harrill. 

Mount Pleasant— Elder A. McMahan. 

On motion, the following subjects were adopted for discussion. 

1st. What are the best inducements to get parents and children 
to attend Sabbath-school ? 

2d. What relation should the pastor sustain to the Sabbath-school? 

3d. What is a Sabbath-school ? 

4th. What are the best helps in a Sabbath -school ? Am I one ? 

The first subject was discussed by Elder L. Taylor, assisted by 
various others, after which a recess for one hour was given for re- 
freshments. 

Afternoon. — Prayer by Elder H. D. Harrill. 

The second subject was called up for discussion, when Elder Ii. 
D. Harrill occupied the floor, aided by various other brethren. 

The third subject being called up for discussion, Bro. M. J. Har- 
rill was called on to open the discussion, followed by Elder L. Tay- 
lor and J. H. Yarboro. 

The fourth subject being called for discussion, Bro. J. B. Thorn 
was asked to open the discussion, followed by various other brethren. 

On motion, the Convention adopted the usual resolution of 



Sunday -School Convention. 17 

thanks to this church and the neighborhood for their hospitality. 

Pending adjournment, the Convention appointed the deacons of 
this church to arrange preaching for Sabbath, when Elders T. Bright 
and J. H. Yarboro were appointed to occupy the pulpit. 

On motion, the Convention adjourned to meet to-morrow morn- 
ing at 9 o'clock, in Sunday-school mass meeting. 

Prayer by Elder J. H. Yarboro. 

SUNDAY MORNING. 

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 

Prayer by Bro. J. B. Thorn. 

The Sunday-school children of this church occupying the front 
seats were very earnestly and solemnly addressed by Elders H. D. 
Harrill and A. McMahan. 

At 11 o'clock the pulpit was occupied by Elder T. Bright, and at 
1 o'clock by Elder J. H. Yarboro, when these brethren preached to 
a large and attentive audience, and from the earnestness and zeal of 
these brethren, we hope impressions were made that will be perma- 
nent and lasting. 

Thus ended a very pleasant and harmonious session of this body. 

Elder T. BRIGHT, President. 

M. H. Flack, Sec'y. 




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MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



Green River Baptist association 



HELD WITH THE- 



CHURCH AT COOL SPRINGS, 

RUTHERFORD CO., N. C, 
Sept. 30th, and Oct. 1st and 2nd, 1886. 



Rev. T. B. JUSTICE, Moderator Rutherford ton, N. C. 

Wm. F. SORRELS, Clerk Cuba, N. C. 

HENRY PORTRUM, Treasurer Rutherford ton, N. C. 



Shelby, N. C. 

Babingtou, Roberts & Co., Printers and Stationers, 

1886. 



i 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



Green river baptist association, 



-HELD WITH THE- 



CHURCH AT COOL SPRINGS, 

RUTHERFORD CO., N. C, 

Sept. 30th, and Oct. 1st and 2nd, 1886. 



Rev. T. B. JUSTICE, Moderator Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Wm. F. SORRELS, Clerk Cuba, N. C. 

HENRY PORTRUM, Treasurer Rutherfordton, N. C. 



Shelby, N. C. 

Babington, Roberts & Co., Printers and Stationers, 

1886. 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF MINISTERS. 

Bright, T Mills Spring, N. C. 

Denton, J. R Dysartsville, " 

Harrill, H. D Forest City, " 

Holbert, John Mills Spring, " 

Justice, T. B Rutherfordton, " 

Justice, C. B Rutherfordton, u 

Jones, A. T Poore's Ford, " 

Logan, W. H ■ Ayr, '• 

Landrum, M. M Tryon City " 

McFaddin, J. T Rutherfordton, " 

McMahan, A Poore's Ford, " 

McCurry, Lewis Dysartsville, " 

Sorrels, W. F Rutherfordton, " 

Taylor E. L . Rutherfordton, " 

Taylor, Grassey Knob, " 

Wilkie, Joab Rutherfordton, " 

Yarboro J. H Forest City, " 



LICENTIATES. 

Dwiney, J. V .....Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Hunt, A Gamble's Store, " 

Harrill, D. B. F Forest City " 

Harris, B. B Ayr, " 

Jackson, "Elbert Mill's Spring, " 

Mashburn, A. B Marion, '• 

Pendergrass, J. R Wake Forest, " 

Sorrels, J. C Cuba, " 

Taylor, J. M Rutherfordton, " 

Taylor, L. G. L Dysartsville, '' 



BOARD OF MISSIONS. 

H. Portrum, Rutherfordton, N. C. 

R. H. Moore, Old Fort " 

A. L. Grayson, Rutherfordton, " 

Rev. H. D. Harrill, Forest City, «' 

J. H. Smith, Logan's, ki 



jg^^ Next session at Cooper's Gap Church, Rutherford County, 
N. C, Thursday before the 1st Sunday in October, 1887. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



Thursday, September 30th, A. D., 1886. 

The Green River Association met this day in its Forty- 
Sixth annual session with the Cool Springs Baptist Church, 
six miles East of Rntherfordton, 1ST. C, at 11, a. m. Hymn, 
4k Kindom of Christ arise," &c. Prayer, Elder J. R. Denton 
leading. 

According to previous arrangement Elder Harrill 
preached the Introductory Sermon from 2 Tim. 2:15. 

Prayer by Elder T. B. Justice. 

Adjourned one hour. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Hymn, "Jesus lover of my soul," &c. 

The Association was called to order by the former Mod- 
erator, Rev. T. Bright, with the former Clerk W. F. Sorrels 
acting as Secretary. 

Bros. O. I. Nelson and A. L. Rucker were appointed to 
act as Reading Clerks. 

The churches comprising this Association w T ere called, 
letters read and Messengers enrolled as follows; 
FIRST DISTRICT. 

1. Cooper's Gap. — Elder J. H. Taylor, Bros. J. G. Laughter, 
H. H. Gibbs, Wm. E. Mills, A. B. F. Mills, H. K. Com. 

2. Chimney Rock. — Bro. C, G. Nanney. 

3. Big Level.— Bros. N. T. Mills and 8. J. Co wart. 

4. Bill's Creek.— Bros. D. C. Brown and J. G. Dalton. 

5. Rock Spring. — Bros. I. M. Frady and H. M. Whiteside. 

6. Mountain Creek, — Bros. J. C. Sorrels, A. L. RucKer, N. H. 
Hampton, M. B. Flack, J. W. Elliott and J. M, Lewis. 

7. Silver Creek.— Bros. W. M. Justice, H. P. Arledge, W, D. 
Williams and A. E. Jones. 

8. Columbus. — Bros J. F. Riding and Grav B. Hampton. 

9. White Oak.— Elder T. Bright, Bros. j[ C. Waldrop, O. I. 
Nelson, John P. Arlege and D. F. Bright. 

10 Pleasant Hill. — Bros. E. W. S. Keeter, A. J. Scoggin and 
J T. McDade. 

11. Green River.— Elder B. E. Pintuff, Bros. T. C. Page and J. 
I. Riding. 



Jf. Green River Baptist Association. 

SECOND DISTRICT. 

1. Stone Mountain, — Bros. M. Hall and J. C. Garrison. 

2. Cherry Springs.— Bro. P. C. Harmon. 

3. Zion Hilt. — Not represented. 

4. Bethlehem.— Bros. J. H. Turner and J. H. Gilliam. 

5. Bethel. — Bros. A. B. Mashburn, J. W. Grayson, Lee Morris, 
J. D. Morris and Fed Ledford. 

6. Dysartsville — Elder J. R. Denton, Bros. J. D. Taylor, W. S. 
Walker, A. E. Rowe and J. E. Denton. 

7. MontforoVs Cove.— Bros. J. A. Wilkerson, J. V. Diviney and 
W. G. Harris. 

8. Piney Knob.— Bro. J. B. Elliott, 

9. Camp Creek. — Bros. J. L. Barnes and Bareuch Biggerstaff*. 

10. Cane Creek. — Bros. D. W. A. Cowen and R. K. Wilson. 

11. Bound Hill.— Elder W. F. Sorrels, Bros. L, L. Deck, D. D. 
Nanney and Wm. M. Nanney. 

12. Old Fort.— Bro. R. H. Moore. 9 

13. Marion. — Bros. Wm. M. Blanton and B. B. Price. 

THIRD DISTRICT. 

1. Mt. Vernon. — Bros. N. J. Rollins, R. P. Geer, R. G. Freeman 
and Miller L. Wilson. 

2. Butherfordton.— 'Elders T. B. and C. B. Justice, Bros. A. L. 
Grayson, N. E. Walker and M. H. Justice. 

3. Shiloh.— Bros. N. Scoggin, D. J. Culbreth, B. M. Hamric 
and W A. Blanton. 

4. Holly Springs. — Rro. Joseph Robbins. 

5. Mt. Zion. — Bros. D. D. Lattimore and J, B. Price. 

6. Mt. Pleasant.— Elder A. McMahan, Bros. Thomas Toms 
and W. S. McArthur. 

7. Floyd } s Creek. — Bros. James C. Padgett and V. C. Hicks. 

8. Cool Springs. Elders H. D. Hard 11 and J. H. Yarboro, Bros. 
J. B. Blanton, M. H. Flack and M. J. Harrill. 

9. Mt. Lebanon.— Bros. T. F. Toms, J. P. Digh and M. D. 
Wilson. 

10. First Broad.— Bros. J. L. Gamble, J. D. Milton and M. G. 
Crow. 

Invitation extended to newly constituted churches and 
churches holding letters of dismission from other Associa- 
tions to join this body. No application. 

A motion to suspend Kule 4 carried, and Elder T. B. 
Justice was elected Moderator and W. F. Sorrels Clerk, by 
acclamation. 

On motion order of business ot last year was adopted 
for Thursday evening. 

Corresponding Messengers were invited to seats and 
enrolled as follows: 

Catawba River Association— Bros. B. P. Price and J. G. Knott. 
Henderson County Association— Rev . Wm. Wilkes, Bros, J. H. 
Freeman and R. A. Freeman, 

Broad River Association — Elder J. G. Carter. 



Green River Baptist Association. 5 

King 's Mountain Association — Elders E. J. Bridges, G. W. Rol- 
lins and J. M Bridges, Bros. E. J. Lovelaee, Z. M. McKinney, M. 
D. Padgett, W. B. Lovelace. 

York Association—Rider G. M. Webb. 

Rev C. Durham was received as a representative of the 
Baptist Orphanage. 

Rev. W. A. Nelson representative of "Biblical Recorder" 
and State Mission Board was welcomed to a seat. 

On motion State Missions was made the special order 
for 10 o'clock, a. m., to-morrow, Elder W. A. Kelson special 
speaker. 

On motion Elder C. Durham was appointed special 
speaker on Baptist Orphanage to he discussed at 11 a. m., 
to-morrow. 

The Moderator appointed the following committees: 

Foreign Missions — Elders J. H. Yarboro and G. M. Webb. 
Religious Exercises— Pastor and Deacons of Cool Springs Church. 
State Mission — Rev. W. A. Nelson and Bro. Matt McBrayer. 
Baptist Orphanage-^Rev. C. Durham and Bro. Adin L. Rucker. 
Periodicals — Bros. J. W. Davis and T. C. Page. 
Home Missions — Elder J. R. Denton and Bro. Bruce Price. 
Order of Business — Bros. L. L. Deck and N. J. Rollins. 

On motion a committee on education was appointed 
consisting of Bros. H. Portrum, A. L. Rucker and Elder T. 
Bright. 

On motion appointed a committee on Sabbath Schools 
consisting of Bros. J. C. Sorrels and M. B. Flack. 

Elders A. L. Stough and H. D. Harrill were on motion 
appointed to get up a report on Temperance. 

On motion adjourned to 9:30 o'clock, a. m., to-morrow. 

Prayer led by Elder G. M. Webb. 



Friday Oct. 1st, 1886, 9:30 o'clock, a. m. 
Hymn, " Amazing grace how sweet the sound," &c. 
Prayer, Rev. W. A. Kelson leading. 
The Moderator being absent, on motion Rev. C. B. 
Justice was appointed Moderator pro tern.. 



6 Green River Baptist Association. 

Bro. L. L. Deck read the report on order of business as 

follows : 

The Committee on Order of Business submit the following re- 
port: 

1. Meet at 9:30 o'clock a. m,, each day, and adjourn at 12 unless 
otherwise ordered by the Association. Meet at 1 p. m. and adjourn 
at pleasure. 

2. Read proceedings of previous day. 

3. Call the roll. 

4. Read rules of order. 

5. Call for reports of committees. 

6. Appoint Corresponding Messengers. 

7. Appoint Union Meeting and Ministers to attend. 

8. Consider Ministerial Education and obligations on churches 
thereto. 

9. Consider the obligations resting upon the churches to sup- 
port their Pastors so as to enable them to give themselves wholly 
to the work. 

10. Appoint time and place for the next Association. 

11. Elect Minister to preach Introductory Sermon. 

12. Appoint delegates to Baptist State Convention. 

13. Consider queries from the churches. 

14. Miscellaneous business. 

kj:RO E LMNS,} Co ™ mi " ee - 

On motion the report was adopted. 

Minutes of yesterday read and adopted. 

The hour having arrived for the special order of yester- 
day and no report being ready, Rev. ~W\ A. Nelson and Bro. 
J. H. Freeman proceeded to discuss the subject, after which, 
Rev. J. II. Yarboro read the following resolution : 

Resolved, That this Association is in full sympathy with the 
State Mission Board in its efforts to spread the Gospel as we hold it 
into every nook and corner of the State, and we hereby pledge our- 
selves to do all we can in this direction. 

On motion it was adopted. 

The following churches promised to try to raise the 
amount annexed their name during the next twelve months 
for State Missions : 

Cooper's Gap $5, Chimney Rock $5, Big Level $5, Bill's Creek $5, 
Rock Springs $5, Mountain Creek $10, Silver Creek $5, Columbus $10, 
White Oak $5, Pleasant Hill $), Green River $5, Stone Mountain $1, 
Bethlehem $5, Bethel $5 Dysartsville $5, Montford's Cove $5, Piney 
Knob $2, Camp Creek $2, Cane Creek $5, Round Hill $5, Old Fort 
$10, Marion $15, Mount Vernon $10, Rutherfordton $15, Shiloh $3, 
Holly Springs $1, Mt. Zion $2, Mt. Pleasant $3, Floyd's Creek $5, 
Cool Springs $10, Mt. Lebanon $5, First Broad $5. 

Then took up a collection for State Missions and re- 
ceived in cash $12.32. 
I 



Bro. M. J. Harrill stated that he had $5.35 in hand sub- 
ject to the order of the Association. On motion it was used 
for State Missions. 

Rev. C. Durham read the report on Baptist Orphanage 
as follows : 

BAPTIST ORPHANAGE. 

A Charter was secured through our last Legislature, three hun- 
dred acres of land purchased, a Baptist Orphanage Association (a 
large body) organized, and the work of caring for the orphan chil- 
dren has been begun. Four houses have been completed, and four 
other houses and a chapel are now being built. Forty children are 
now being cared for — taught the principles of our blessed religion, 
the facts, as set forth, in the best school books of the present day, and 
also how to work — doing all to help themselves and to fit them for 
life that it is possible for them to do. 

Another part of the work, soon to be undertaken, is the connec- 
tion of a suitable home for the aged, indigent and worthy Baptist 
preachers of the State. 

The completion of the houses now being built and the amount 
of expenses call for our contributions. We recommend, therefore, 
that the churches of this Association make the Orphanage one of the 
special objects to which they will regularly contribute, and that the 
blank church letters, and the financial exhibit in the Minutes, have 
this as one of the items upon which the churches can report whatev- 
er is given ; and, further, that the Pastors and Deacons present this 
work to their churches and give all an opportunity to con tribute to it. 
Respectfully, C. DURHAM. Chm'n Com. 

A. L. RUCKER. 

Pending the motion to adopt remarks were made by 

Elder C. Durham, and he received the following amounts 

for that Object from the following persons : 



Rev. C B Justice $1 03 

G. B. Bostic 2 00 

R. H. Moore 1 00 

P.P. Price 1 00 

W,W. Jackson 1 00 

C. M. Daves 1 00 

D. D. Lattimore 1 00 

T. C. Page 1 00 

J. B. Price 1 00 

J. B. Harrill 1 00 

J. B. Blanton 1 00 

J. S. Riding 50 

G. B. Hampton 50 

J. M. Taylor 25 

A. L. Rucker 1 00 

I. M. Frady 5) 

Wm. Collins 1 00 Total $36 40 

On motion granted Bill's Creek Delegates leave of ab- 
sence. 

On motion adjourned one hour. 



R. G. Freeman $ 25 

C. G. Nanney 25 

W. M. Justice 5J 

J. W.Hampton 1 00 

Matt McBrayer 1 00 

H. K. Corn 25 

H. H. Gibbs 25 

R. P. Geer 1 00 

Rev. H. D. Harrill 1 00 

Miss Minnie Haynes 1 00 

Mrs. E. C Logan 1 00 

Dr. G. E. Young.. 5 00 

A. E. Rowe. 1 00 

B. B. Price 1 00 

Cash Collection 6 21 



S Green River Baptist Association. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Hymn, "Jesus lover of my soul," &c. 

Appointed a Committee on Finance, consisting of Bro. 
A. L. Grayson, Rev. H. D. Harriil, Bro. B. B. Price. 

Adopted report on Baptist Orphanage. 

On motion suspended business one hour to hear Rev. 
C. Durham preach. 

Hymn, "Amazing Grace," &c. Text, John 8:32. After 
which resumed business. 

Elder J. H. Yarboro read the report on Foreign Mis- 
sions as follows : 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

Your Committee on Foreign Missions believe that the day has 
past for religious bodies in a Christian land like ours to even doubt 
the Scriptural requirement of sending the Gospel all over this sin- 
cursed earth of ours. Among the men of note, of the present day, 
may be ranked the Christian Missionary. He leaves the shores of 
his native country. He travels the wide ocean and takes up his 
abode in some remote region, known to be enveloped in the dark- 
ness of ignorance, superstition and idolatry, or he wanders in the 
intractable wilds of the wilde -n^ss, to announce the giad tidings of 
the Gospel of peace, to disperse the light which emanates from the 
pages of the inspired volume. Here he suffers, here he is destitute 
of the society of his home, and of his friends, among the barbarous 
and cruel, but he has sufficient to cheer him in the consideration of 
his work and the love which his Divine Master is pleased to mani- 
fest towards him, he derives much comfort and satisfaction, in that 
he has denied himself to bring his fellow species, by a way they knew 
not heretofore, to a kingdom of glory, and of rest, and felicity. This 
thought is sufficient to drown his sorrows and cheer him in his la- 
bors, and brethren he ought to have the assurance, that his friends 
in this gospel land which he has left, are offering up holy incense in 
his behalf and bidding him, in their hearts, God's speed to his 
heavenly enterprise. And not only this, but he has a scriptural 
right, to expect our contributions to aid him in procuring such 
things as he may need in his lonely, distant home, and brethren, if 
you have any doubts, as to your duty, on this important subject,read 
the Scriptures for information, and may the Holy Spirit which com- 
forts and enlightens the human heart, impress the ministry to give 
more light and information to the common brotherhood on this 
subject, who are ready and willing to receive it gladly. 

Respectfully, J. H. YARRORO, 

G.M. WEBB. 

Resolved, That this Association try to raise $150 for Foreign 
Missions during the next Associational year. 

(This was accepted as a part of the report.) 

On motion to adopt remarks were made by Elders W. 
A. Nelson, C. Durham and J. H. Yarboro. 



Green River Baptist Association. 



9 



On motion received the following pledges for Foreign 
Missions to be raised during next Associational year : 



Cooper's Gap $5 00 

Chimney Rock 5 00 

Big Level 5 03 

Rock Spring 2 50 

Mountain Creek 25 

Silver Creek 5 00 

Columbus 5 00 

White Oak 5 00 

Pleasant Hill 5 00 

Green River 5 00 

Stone Mountain 2 00 

Bethlehem 3 00 

Bethel 5 00 

Dysartsville 5 00 

Montford's Cove 5 00 



Camp Creek 3 00 

Cane Creek 3 00 

Round Hill 5 00 

Old Fort 5 00 

Marion 10 00 

Rutherfordton 15 00 

Shiloah 2 00 

Holly Springs 5 00 

i\It. Zion 3 00 

Mt. Pleasant 5 00 

Floyd's Creek 3 00 

Cool Springs 15 00 

Mt. Lebanon 5 00 

First Broad 5 00 

Mt. Vernon 10 00 



Report adopted. 

Adjourned to 9:30 a. m., to-morrow. 



Saturday, October 2d, 1886, 9:30 o'clock, a. m. 

Hymn, "All hail the power of Jesus' name," &c. 

Prayer, Bro. J. C. Sorrells leading. 

Minutes of yesterday read and on motion adopted. 

On motion the report on Temperance was read by Elder 

A. L. Stough as follows : 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

The committee on temperance would report: That they regard tem- 
perance a practical theme that addresses itself to the heart, conscience 
and intellect of every man, woman and child that is deep prevailing 
and universal in all its influences and extent. Because the use of 
intoxicating drinks has grown into an evil of a dreadful magnitude. 
Everyone who has any acquaintance with the present state of society 
and who does not close his eyes to the facts that are everywhere pre- 
sented to his view, cannot be ignorant of the awful evils resulting 
from the use of intoxicating drinks. 

There are few families who have not been visited by the rava- 
ges of the fell monster. It is now destroying the hopes and lives of 
thousands of our fellow beings, and entailing upon every community 
in the country an amount of crime an pauperism which no true 
Christian can contemplate without horror. 

The word of God assures us that "wine is a mocker, and that 
strong drink is raging." And sad and heart rending are the proofs 
daily presented to our view of the truth of this. This mocking and 
raging monster has found a lodging place all over our land. In short 
it is an evil, for its extent and enormity has, perhaps, no paralel in 
this country. What is the vice that costs this country more than all 
the religious and educational institutions in the land ? What that 
causes more scandal and trouble in the church of God and the most 
frequent defections from her fellowship ? It is drunkness. 



10 Green River Baptist Association. 

What sanitary measures are adopted 9 What purgations are 
affected? Hitherto we have been trying to persuade our feilow-men 
not to send forth this raging enemy upon communities. We have 
besought and entreated those with whom we hoped to have influ- 
ence to "look not upon" it. W T e have warned them of the danger to 
which they have been exposed, but it has all been in vain. And 
now what is to be done? Why we say that nothing less than pro- 
hibition will meet the case. Every man who has an}' acquaintance 
w r ith the present state of society and who does not close his eyes to 
the facts must see that this is the only remedy left us. Something, 
it will surely be admitted, ought to be done. And we know of noth- 
ing else that promises success. 

There must be prodigious guilt somewhere. Where is it? Who 
is responsible ? Ten thousand voices reply, the maker and vender 
of ardent spirits, the business they pursue is every where spreading 
desolation and woe. If the man engaged in the traric is guilty of a 
most heinous violation of the Sixth Commandment, are we not 
equally guilty, if we give our suffrages to those who will refuse to 
sustain, when in their power, all wise and judicious measures for the 
suppression of intemperance ? Is it not a principle in law, that the 
perpetrators of a crime and the accessory are both guilty and deserv- 
ing of punishment? Have men not been hanged for the violation of 
this principle? If then the accessory and the principal in the com- 
mission of crime, are both guilty, how then can we piead not guilty 
while we are accessory to the traffic by upholding the license law, 
by contending our laws are good enough, prudent and consistent, thus 
telling the world it is right to furnish ardent spirits as a beverage 
and of course then it is right for men to buy and use it, a doctrine 
which has tended to make a greater part of all the drunkards in the 
world. Can a man encourage such sentiments, such doctrines so fa- 
tal, so false and thus aid in the crimes and evils produced by intem- 
perance, and claim to be a philanthrophist or a Christain ? Will 
this body answer the momentous question. 

A. L. STOUGH, 
H. D. HARRILL, , 

Pending the motion to adopt remarks were made by 
Elders A. L. Stough, G. W. Rollins, J. H. Yarboro, J. E. 
Denton, fni. Wilkie and T. Bright. 

A motion carried to read the report, after which it w T as 
adopted. 

There was a number of ladies present when the report 
was adopted and the Moderator gave them an opportunity 
to express their opinion concerning the report, and they de- 
sired its adoption, after which the Moderator gave the breth- 
ren who were not members of the body a chance to tell what 
they thought of this step and they expressed their anxieties 
for its adoption. 

Bro. Byers was received as a messenger from Broad 

River Association. 



Green River Baptist Association. 11 



Bro. W. H. Green from King's Mountain Association 
was welcomed to a seat. 

Bro. J. W. Davis read the following report on Period- 
icals : 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 
Every Baptist family should take one or more religious period- 
ical, besides being great 'educators in our homes they give us an in- 
sight to the various workings of our denomination, thereby making 
us more efficient in the spiritual development of our churches, to 
this end we commend the ''Biblical Recorder," which has long 
been the able exponent of Baptist truths, in our State, also we should 
not forget our young neighbor across the Blue Ridge, the "Western 
North Carolina Baptist," and for a more zealous work in the Mis- 
sionary cause the "Foreign Mission Journal" and the "Baptist Mis- 
sionary Worker" published at Raleigh. 

Announced preaching at stand by Elder J. G. Carter. 
On motion to adopt report on Periodicals remarks were 
Report adopted, 
made by Bro. R. A. Freeman and Elder T. Bright. 

Bro. A. L. Pucker read the report on Education as fol- 
lows : 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

The Baptists of North Carolina claim the proud disti notion of 
being the first to establish schools of the various grades from the pri- 
mary to the high school and college for the education of their chil- 
dren. 

Their efforts, however feeble and insufficient at first, have grown 
to such an extent as to provide facilities for the rudimentary train- 
ing of their sons and daughters in almost every village and hamlet 
in the State, while the more populous centres are crowned with 
magnificent structures for the higher growth of mental and religious 
culture. 

In our judgment, the claims of mental training are second only 
to the religious character of our children, and that, in our opinion, 
we never can hope to succeed in extending the knowledge of the truth 
of revelation, as we hold it, except through a concecrated and edu- 
cated ministry. While no disparagement is intended our brethren 
who have received no college training, we assume the broad ground 
that with such training their influence would become more widely 
and generally diffused and correspondingly more prolific in their 
results for good and for Christ. 

We wish particularly to emphasize the fact that the Green River 
Association favors education generally and specificially, and that our 
Denomination has nothing to fear from light and science on the one 
hand, while on the other we have through ignorance and supersti- 
tion everything to lose. 

Among the many schools, we recommend Wake Forest College, 
the school pre-eminent for our boys. We point with special pride to 
two of our boys now there, and hope our brethren will increase our 
attendance until this Association will be second to no other in the 
number and efficiency of its matriculates. The President, Dr. Chas. 
E. Taylor and the able faculty need no commendation at our hands. 



12 Green River Baptist Association. 

Juclson College. Rev. J. B. Boone, President, is one of the best 
schools in the State for the co-education of the sexes. Its connection 
with the Western North Carolina Baptist Convention should not 
abate our interest in its success. 

Rev. R. D. Mallary, President of Shelby Female College has 
done much to place this institution among the first of its kind in the 
State. Parents having daughters to educate cannot do better than 
send them to this College, which so fitly crowns the worth of our 
sister, the King's Mountain Association. 
Respectfully submitted, 

T. BRIGHT, ) 

H. PORTRUM, ^Committee. 

A. L. RUCKER, J 

On motion to adopt, pending the adoption, remarks 
were made by Bro. A. L. Rucker, Elders J. R. Denton and 
J. H. Yarboro. 

Report was adopted. 

On motion appointed a Board on Associational Mis- 
sions, consisting of Bros. H. Portrum, R. H. Moore, A. L. 
Grayson, J. H. Smith and Eld. H. D. Harrill. 

Adjourned one hour. 



AFTERNOON SESSION". 
Hymn, "Children of the Heavenly King'' &c. 
Heard the report on Home Missions which was read by 
Bro. B. B. Price as follows : 

HOME MISSIONS. 

The Home Mission work proper is a work entrusted to the care 
of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. 
This Board has charge of all the Mission worK in the different 
States and territories embraced in the Southern Baptist Convention, 
giving aid only to such States and territories as are unable to supply 
the destitution existing therein. 

This embraces, first : The mission to' the Creek Indians in 
charge of Brother Wm. McCombs, and the support of "Levering 
Manual Labor School," under the superintendency of Brother Vane. 
The Cuban Mission under the care of Brother Wood. Also the 
Mission work of New Orleans and Washington City in the D. C, 
together with various other cities and sections of the Country. Also 
the Mission work among the colored people of the South. 

The Board reported fou- years ago 95 missionaries, 1821 weeks of 
labor and 245 baptisms. At the convention in May, 1886, it reported 
270 Missionaries, 9599 weeks of labor 3812 babtisms. The contribu- 
tions four years ago to this Board were 145,195.27, while for the year 
ending 1886 there were only $90,000.00, showing with a two fold in- 
crease of contributions the work has been increased five fold and the 
result fifteen fold. 

This Board, in closing their annual report to the last session of 
the Southern Baptist Convention says, "We must fill our land with 
the truth, consecrate to our King the spiritual power of its 60,000,000 



Green River Baptist Association. 18 

of people; subordinate its vast material and industrial resources to 
the work of the Lord; make its commerce tributary to the great end 
of human redemption; transmute its gold and precious things into 
the bread of life, to feed the starving nation, then, and to us it seems 
not till then, over this dark earth will righteousness go forth as 
brightness, and salvation as a lamp that burnetii. " 

We recommend to the churches of this Association that they aid 
this Board by their liber* 1 contributions and prayers. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J B.I:?Il N C T E ON '}Co m -ittee. 

A motion was made to adopt the report. 

Announced preaching at the stand by Rev. G. W. Rol- 
lins. 

Pending the adoption of the report on Home Missions, 

Eld. C. B- Justice made some remarks and an amendment 

carried to appoint one member in each church to take the 

oversight of this work. The appointments were as follows ; 

Cooper's Gap, H. H. Gibb.Dimsdale. N. C; Big Level, S. J. Co- 
wart, Poplar Grove, N. C; Bill's Creek, J. F. Logan, Ayr, N. C; 
Rock Springs Miss S. Whiteside, Poplar Grove, N. C./ Mountain 
Creek, M. B. Flak, Cuba, N. C, Silver Creek, Mrs. Dorah Arledge, 
Mill Springs, N. C; Columbus, James Riding, Columbus, 1ST. C.; 
White Oak, Miss Beatris Thorne, Mill's Spring, N. C; Pleasant Hill, 
E. W. Keeter, Rutherfordton, N. C; Green River, Miss Sallie Ana 
Walker, Poores' Ford, N. C; Cherry Springs, P. C. Harmon, Old 
Fort, N. C; Zion Hill, Wm. Wauls, Marion, N. C./ Bethlehem, N. 
C. Jones, Old Fort, N. C./ Bethel, Miss H. T. Mashburn, Marion, 
N. C; Dysartsville, J. D. Taylor, Dysartsville, N. C./ Monford's 
Cove, Miss Sallie Morgan, Otter Creek, N. C; Piney Knob, J. B. 
Elliott, Cuba, N. C; Camp Creek, Bareuch BiggerstafF, Brittain, N. 
C; Cane Creek, D. W. A. Cowen, Patton's Home, N. C; Round 
Hill. Miss L. M. Nanney, Cuba, N. C./ Old Fort Miss Ida Crawford, 
Old Fort, N-. C./ Marion, Mrs. Josaphine Blanton, Marion, N. C; 
Mt. Vernon, R. P. Ge'er, Brittain, N. C; Rutherfordton, Dr. W. L. 
Lynch, Rutherfordton, N. C; Shiloah, W. A. Blanton, Garnett, N. 
C; Holly Springs, J. E. Henson, Island Ford, N. C; Mt. Zion, J. 
G. Diviney, Holly Bush, N. C; Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Sarah Goforth, 
Forest City, N. C; Floyd's Creek, J. C. Padgett, Ferry, N. C; Cool 
Springs, Mrs. E. C. Logan, Forest City, N. G; Mt. Lebanon, T. F. 
Toms, Oak Spring, N. C; First Broad, J. M. Milton, Gambel's 
Store N. C; Stone Mountain, J. I. Moffett, Stone Mountain, N. C: 
Chimney Rock, Mrs. L. V. Freeman, Chimney Rock, N. C. 

The report was adopted. 

On motion, the request from Mountain Creek to ordain 
a minister, was tabled. 

The report on Finance was read by Bro. B. B. Price 

as follows ; 

REPORT ON FINANCE. 

We report forty-one dollars and fifty-five cents received for Min- 
utes. We recommend that the Clerk of this Association receive 



llf Green River Baptist Association. 

eleven dollars for his services, including blank Church Letters for 
each Church and that the balance of the fund be expended for 
Minutes. Respectfully submitted, 

A. L. GRAYSON, ) 

H. D. HARRILL, \ Committee. 

B. B. PRICE. J 

On motion the report was adopted. 

Bro. J. C. Sorrels read the report on Sabbath Schools 

as follows : 

REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

Your Committee on Sabbath Schools feel gratified in reporting 
an increased number and attendance in this department of church 
work over last year and while much has been done much remains 
to be accomplished. We shall not be satisfied until every church 
has its Sunday School which shall be kept open twelve months a 
year. 

As helps we recommend the Lesson Quarterlies published by 
the American Baptist Publication Society, Philadelphia, Pa., and 
"Kind Words," published at Atlanta, Georgia. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. C. SORRELLS,! Committee 
M. B. FLACK, / <- ommittee - 

On motion to adopt remarks were made by Bro. J. C. 

Sorrels, after which adopted the report. 

Appointed messengers to other associations as follows : 

King' 1 8 Mountain — Which meets at New Bethel, 10 miles North 
of Shelby, N. C, Thursday before the 4th Sunday in Sept., 1887: 
Elders J. H. Yarboro, C. B. Justice, H. D. Harrill and J. R. Denton, 
Bros. D. D. Lattimore and L. L. Deck. 

Broad River — Which meets Thursday before the 1st Sunday in 
Sept., 1887: Elders J. H. Yarboro, A. McMahan, A. T. Jones and 
Bro. A. J. Scoggins. 

Henderson County— Which meets at Bear Wallow church Thurs- 
day before the 4th Sunday in September, 1887: Elders J. H. Yarboro, 
A. McMahan, T. Bright, J. H. Taylor, C. B. Justice, Bros. J. C. 
Sorrels, H. K. Corn, H. H. Gibbs, J. G Laughter and B. H. Hamric 

Catawbn Rivei — Which meets at Abees Chapel 3 miles south- 
west of Icard Station Thursday before the 4th Sunday in Sept. 1887 : 
Bros. A. E. Rowe, J. D. Taylor and W. S. Walker. 

On motion agreed to hold the next Union Meeting with 
the church at Montfords Cove, 16 miles North-West of 
Rutherfordton, on Friday before the 5th Sunday in July 
1887, at which time and place the Sunday School Conven- 
tion of this Association will meet. Elders J. H. Taylor, W. 
F. Sorrels, H. D. Harrill, Bros. J. C. Sorrels and Albert 
Jackson were appointed to attend. 

On motion tabled 8th and 9th divisions of Order of 
Business. 



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Green River Baptist Association. 



15 



On motion the next session of this Association is to 
meet with the Coopers Gap Church on Thursday before the 
1st Sunday in October, 1887. 

On motion Eld. J. R. Denton was appointed to preach 
the Introductory Sermon, and W. F. Sorrels alternate. 

On motion any member of this Association who maybe 
present at the Baptist State Convention which meets in 
Wilmington, B". C, in 1886, is appointed to act as a dele- 
gate in that body. 

Bro Portrum stated that the Treasurer's report was 
ready, which read as follows : 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 
II Portrum, Treasurer, in account with the Green River Association. 



1885. F. 

October 19 To cash, Mt'n Creek church pledge $5 

h a u u .i u u collection 1 

44 " " •' Munford's Cove church pl'ge 1 

28 " " Round Hill 

" " " u Munford's Cove " 

" Mountain Creek " 1 



Decmb' 


r 25 


1886. 




March 


15 


(< 


20 


April 


19 


4 ' 


20 



00 



S. M. H. M. 



June 19 



Sept. 16 



" PineyKnob " 

" L M. S. Mt'n Creek church 2 

(( k u i.i a a, u o 

14 M. Flack Mt'n Creek church 2 
44 Chimney Rock u 

44 Mt. Vernon " 5 

" M. K. Lynch Mt'n Creek ch. 
Aug. 15 To cash L. M. S. Mt'n Creek church 4 
M. Flack " 

Holly Springs Sunday School 
L. M. S. Mt'n Ceeek church 
Mrs, N. Edwards M. C. " 
Rock Springs church 
Bill's Creek " 

Monford's Cove " 
Mt. Zion 

Floyd's Creek " 
Bethel 
Round Hill 
Green River 
Cooper's Gap 
Piney Knob 



30 



(pledge) 



Oct, 1 



Camp Creek 

Cool Springs 

Shiloh 

Mt. Lebanon 

Dysartsville 

Holly Springs 

Mt. Pleasant 



14 collection 
church 



18 
35 

00 
72 
25 
80 
20 
75 
42 
47 
25 
00 
00 
45 
00 
00 
00 
10 
15 
00 
00 
65 
40 



$2 35 
2 83 
1 00 



2 18 
2 35 



$1 00 



1 65 

1 60 

1 85 

1 00 

(pledge) 5 00 



85 



4 00 

2 00 
1 00 



65 
5 35 



1 85 



25 



16 



Green River Baptist Association. 



Oct. i 



Collection G 
Cane Oreek 
Mt. Vernon 
Columbus " 

Pleasant Hill 
Stone Mountain " 
First Broad " 

Collection Sunday Gr 



R. A. Friday 

church (pledge) 2 25 

"5 55 

" " 5 00 

5 00 

3 10 

5 00 

12 41 



R. A. 



12 42 



3 85 



12 41 



$124 80 $56 14 $1 00 



$ 7 15 



Total $181 94 

1885. CREDITS. 

October By cash B. F. Briggs Receipt 

1886. 

Jan'ry6 " " " " 

March 24 *' " " u 

April 24 " M u " 

Aug. 23 " " " " 

Acknowledgment in "Recorder" Sept. 29th, 1886 
Oct 2 By W. A. Nelson Receipt 

" Postage and M. O. fees sendin 

u P. O. order October 4th, 1886 



to B. F. Briggs 



8 18 

5 07 
13 24 

6 50 
8 03 

98 87 

67 

34 23 



Approved. 



$181 94 
Treasurer, 



Committee. 



H. PORTRUM 

A. L. GRAYSON, 
H. D.HARRILL, 

B. B. PRICE. J 

Eld. J. H. Taylor read the following resolution : 
Resolved that the thanks of this body be and are hereby tend- 
ered to the brethren and kind friends of this church and vicinity 
for the kind hospitable manner in which they have entertained this 
body during its session with them. J. H. Taylor. 

On motion the collection of to-morrow be equally divi- 
ded between State and Foreign Missions. 

On motion adjourned to time and place appointed. 

Hymn, "How firm a foundation" &c. 

During the singing of said hymn the brethren engaged 

general affectionate hand-shaking. 

Prayer, led by our venerable Moderator. 

Eld. T. B. JUSTICE, Moderator. 
Wm. F. SORRELS, Clerk. 



in a 



Sunday Oct. 3rd, 1886, 10 o'clock, A, M. 
Hymns, "Pass me not" &c, and "Come thou fount" &c. 
Lesson 2nd Cor. 5 : 14-22. 
Prayer, Eld. C. B. Justice leading. 
Hymn, "And let this feeble body fail" &c. 



Green River Baptist Association. 17 

Sermon by Eld. G. \V. Rollins, text Phil. 5 : 13, after 
which took up a collection for Missionary purposes and re- 
ceived $24,55. 

Hymn, "Am I a soldier of the cross" &c. 

Recess one hour. 

At 1 P. M. the congregation was called together by 
singing the hymns "Jesus lover of my soul" &c, and "There 
is a fountain" &c. 

Rev. C. B. Justice preached from Rev. 20 : 12, follow- 
ed by Rev. T. B. Justice who made us feel that Jesus was 
indeed among us as he closed the harmonious session of 1886. 



ASSOCIATION COVENANT. 

Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, and 
that there are three persons in the Godhead — the Father, the Son, 
and the Holy Ghost— and these are one in substance, and equal in 
power and glory. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments 
are the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in man's impotency to recover himself from the 
fallen state he is in, by his own free will and ability. 

5. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
through the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. 

6. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that they 
never shall finally fall away. 

7. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
instituted by Christ, and that true believers are the only proper sub- 
jects thereof. 

8. We believe immersion is the only Scriptural mode of baptism. 

9. We believe that no person has a right to administer the ordi- 
nances but such as are regularly called and qualified thereto. 

10. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and a general 
judgment/ that the punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting, 
and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, 
agreeing to the above Articles of Faith, do for and in behalf of the 
Churches which we represent, covenant and agree, and give ourselves 
up to each other in church and christian fellowship, in order to keep 
up the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace, and to assist each 
other in all matters of distress, and to pray 
perity. 



RULES OF ORDER. 

Rule 1. Every meeting of business shall be opened and closed 
with prayer, either by the Moderator or some brother whom he shall 
appoint. 

2. Each speaker shall arise and address tho Moderator on any 
subject to be discussed. 

3. No motion shall be debated unless seconded. No member shall 



18 Green River Baptist Association. 

speak more than twice, twenty minutes each, on the same motion 
without special leave of the Association. 

4. The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by ballot, and con- 
tinue in office until their successors are elected. 

5. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, unless 
otherwise directed. 

6. During the hours of business all private conversation, walk- 
ing across or out of the house, without permission of the Moderator 
first obtained, shall be deemed a breach of order. 

7. The names of members shall be called each day previous to 
proceeding to business. 

8. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing, signed by the 
mover and handed to the Moderator or Clerk before they are debated. 

9. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received 
but to adjourn, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to lay on the ta- 
ble or to amend, which several motions shall have precedence in 
the order in which they are arranged. But no motion or proposi- 
tion on a subject different from that under consideration shall be 
admitted under color of amendment. 

10. When a motion has once been made and carried in the 
affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member who 
voted with the majority to move for reconsideration thereof on the 
same day. 

11. When the reading of any paper is called for, and objected to 
by any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the Association. 

12. No member shall absent himself in time of business, unless 
he be sick and unable to attend. 

13. All questions, except such as relate to the Constitution, shall 
be decided by a majority vote. 

14. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the foregoing regula- 
tions, he shall be regarded as untrue to his trust, and shall be liable 
to be reminded of his duty by any member present. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST S. S. CONVENTION. 



This Convention met with the church at White Oak, Polk coun- 
ty, N. C., on Friday May 29th, 1886, at one o'clock p. m. 

After spending'thirty minutes in devotional exercises, conducted 
by Elder T. Bright, the convention was called to order by Elder T. 
Bright, and was organized by electing the former President, Elder 
T. Bright to the chair and Bro. O. I. Nelson, Secretary. 

Delegates were enrolled as follows : 

Silver Creek— J. M. Hamilton. I. S. Higgins. 

White Oak— O. I. Nelson, J. C. Waldrop, P. W. McMahan, 
Thos. Couart, 

Cooper's Gap— H. H. Gibbs, H. K. Corn, J. G. Laughter, J. M. 
Gibbs, W. L. Mills 

Big Level — Lewis Couart, H. L. Gilbert. 

Mountain Creek — C. B. Gear. 



Green River Baptist Association. 19 

Round Hill— J. P. Sorrel Is, C. F. Keeter. 

Holly Springs— G. M. Flack- 

Rutheri'ordton Walker. 

On motion the following subjects were adopted for discussion. 

1st. What are the qualifications of an efficient Superintendent. 

2nd Wlu.t Should be the qualifications of a Sabbath School 
Teacher. 

3rd. Are the International Lesson Helps an advantage to the 
Sabbath School work. 

4th. Is it important for church members to attend the Sunday 
School, especially parents with their children. 

5th. What are the advantages of a well regulated Sunday School. 

6th. Is this Convention an advantage to the Sunday School 
work in our association, (and) if so, what will make it more benefi- 
cial. 

On motion adjourned to meet Saturday morning at 9 o'clociv, 
A. M. Prayer by Bro. J. M. Hamilton. 

SATURDAY MORNING. 

The Convention met, spent thirty minutes in devotional exer- 
cises. The minutes of the preceeding day read and adopted. 

The first subject was discussed by Bro. P. W. McMahan, Elbert 
Jackson. 

The second subject was discussed by J. P. Arledge, assisted by 
others. 

The third subject by O. I. Nelson and J. G. Laughter. 

The fourth subject was discussed by J. M. Hamilton, H. H. 
Gibbs, Rev. T. Bright. 

The fifth subject discussed by Lewis Couart. 

The sixth subject discussed by Elder T. Bright, assisted by 
others. 

Pending adjournment, the Convention appointed the deacons 
of White Oak Church to arrange preaching for Sabbath, when Bro. 
Elbert Jackson and Elder T. Bright were appointed to occupy the 
pulpit. 

On motion the convention adjourned to meet to-morrow morn- 
ing 9 o'clock in Sunday School Mass Meeting. Prayer by Bro. H. 
H. Gibbs. 

SUNDAY MORNING. 

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Bro. 
H. K. Corn. The Sunday School children occupied the front seats 
and were very impressively addressed by Elder T. Bright and J. G. 
Laughter. 

At eleven o'clock the pulpit was occupied by Bro. Elbert Jack- 
son and at one o'clock by Elder T. Bright. The brethren preached 
to a very large and appreciative audience. 

Thus ended one of the most harmonious and pleasant sessions 
of this body. 

Elder T. BRIGHT, President. 
O. I. NELSON, Secretary. 






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FINANCIAL TABLE. 



CHURCHES. 


> 
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C 

o 

3 


S3 


State 

Missions. 


1 3D 

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p 

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Chimney Rock.. 
Big' Level 


$50 00 
13 00 
40 00 


|14 90 


$ 


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72 

2*66 

6* 61 

3*85 

2 00 

2 66 

2 15 

1 85 
8 00 
1 65 

i'oo 

16 40 


$5 00 

*'"*.'* 
5 00 
5 00 

23 42 


§ 




5 


1 50 

"96 

1 20 

1 10 

2 45 
1 50 

1 50 
145 

2 00 
85 
60 
50 

1 00 

1 70 

80 

1 70 

40 

60 

90 

1 90 

1 00 

1 00 

2 40 
2 60 
1 25 

60 

65 

70 

60 1 

1 80 

1 50 

1 40 

4155 


$ 

11*60 

20*00 

50 

5*8*6 
5 30 
1 55 

1490 

fiifoo 
21**66 

3 90 
16*06 


$66 40 
13 72 
40 90 


Bill's Creek 


8 20 


Rock Springs 

Mountain Creek 


51 00 

81 05 








68 70 




104 53 


Silver Creek 


108 00 




1 

1 






107 50 


Columbus 


77 00 

100 00 

50 00 

2S 75 
30 00 
20 00 
75 00 
60 00 
72 00 
60 00 


3 00 


5 00 

6 00 
5 00 
5 15 






90 35 


White Oak 


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130 95 


Pleasant Hill.... 
Green River 






57 00 
36 50 


Stone Mountain 
Cherry Springs.. 
Bethlehem 


50 
45 30 


10*06 

11 CO 

106 


3 10 

2 50 
5 00 
5 00i 

1 85j 

3 45; 

2 65 
2 40; 
2 25| 

4 lOi 

10 00: 

5 00 

10 00 

IS 00; 

1 65 

1 00 

2 001 
5 O0J 
1 00 

4 00 
1 60 

5 60 






34 20 

78 20 






94 00 


Bethel 


"i'25o 






68 85 


Dvsartsville 






144 85 


Montford's Cove 






78 45 


Piney Knob... 






6 25 


Camp Creek 











3 00 


Cane Creek 

Round Hill 


•56 50 

100 00 
150 00 


300 00 

24 30 

234 00 

"50*00 

28 80 






3 15 

77 40 


Old Fort 






113 00 

538 40 

37 45 

419 60 

32 30 

51 60 

74 45 

5 70 


Marion 






Mt. Vernon 






Rutherforclton ... 
Shiloh 


110 '00 
2o 65 

40 00 

7500 

107 00 

125 00 

65 00 


10 00 


18 00 
3 00 

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50 


3 00 

1 


3 00 


Hollv Springs.... 






Mt. Zion ?.. 






Mt. Pleasant 






Floyd's Creek.... 






77 60 
129 30 
180 50 

72 00 


Cool Springs 


12"6'6 






Mt. Lebanon 






First Broad 














Totals 


176795 


777 50 


32 00 


70 73 


15667 ! 


5 00 3 00 


16655 


334510 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



.GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



HELD WITH THE 



CHURCH AT COOPER'S GAP 

' September 29th and 30th, October 1st, 1887. 



Rev. W. H. LOGAN, Moderator Ayr, N. C. 

Wm. F. (SORRELS, Clerk Cuba, N. C. 

HENRY PORTRUM, Treasurer, Ruiherfordion, N. C. 



Shelby, N. C, 
Babixgton, Roberts & Co. 

1887. 






MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



Green river baptist association 



HELD WITH THE 



CHURCH AT COOPER'S GAP, 

POLK COTJ]SrTY 3 3ST- C, 

September 29th and 30th, October 1st, 1887. 



Rev. W. H. LOGAN, Moderator Ayr, N. C. 

Wm. F. BQRRELS, Clerk Cuba, N. C. 

HENRY PORTRUM, Treasurer ....Rutherfordton, N. C 



Shelby, N. C, 
Babington, Roberts <fc Co. 

1887. 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF MINISTERS. 

Bright, T Mills Spring, N. C. 

Denton, J. R Dysartsville, N. C. 

Harrill, H. D Forest City, N. C. 

Marris, B. B Forest City, N. C. 

Holbert, John Mills Springs, N. C. 

Justice, T. B Rutherford ton, N. C. 

Justice, C. B Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Jones, A. T Poore's Ford, N. C. 

King, J. E Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Logan, W. H f. Ayr, N. C. 

McMahan, A Poore's Ford, N. C. 

McCurry, Lewis. Dysartsville, N. C 

Moffeitt. J. I Stone Mountain, N. C. 

Sorrels, W. F Cuba, N. C. 

Sorrels, J. C Forest City, N. C. 

Taylor, E. L ....Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Taylor, J. H Grassy Knob, N. C. 

Yarboro, J. H Forest City, N. C. 



LICENTIATES. 

Deveney, J. V Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Hunt, A Gambel's Store, N. C. 

Harrill, D. B. F Forest City N. C. 

Jackson, Albert Mills Spring, N. C. 

Taylor, J. M ...Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Taylor, L. G. L Dysartsville, X. C. 



BOARD OF MISSIONS. 

H. Portrum Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Win. Blanton Marion, N. 0. 

P. P. Price Bridge Water, N. C. 

A. L. Gravson Rutherfordton, N. C. 

J. H. Smith Rutherfordton, N. C. 

M. D. Hill Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Rev. J. E. King Rutherfordton, N. C. 

T. C. Page Poore's Ford. N. C. 

Rev. C. B. Justice Rutherfordton, N. C. 



Next session at Shiloah Church, Rutherford County, North 
Carolina, Thursday before the 1st Sunday in October, 1888. 



PROCEEDINGS 



Thursday, Sept. 29th, A. D., 1887. 

The Green River Association met this day in its forty- 
seventh annual session, with the Cooper's Gap Baptist 
church, eighteen miles west of Rutherfordton, K. C., at 11 
A. M. Hymn, "Jesus lover of my soul, &c." Prayer, Elder 
H. D. Harrill leading. 

In the absence of the ministers previously appointed to 
preach the Introductory sermon, Elder A. L. Stough 
preached it. Text: Mat. 21:28. 

Adjourned one hour. 



Afternoon Session. 

Hymn "Nearer my God to thee, &c." 

The former Moderator being absent Elder T. Bright 
was elected Moderator pro tern. The Association was called 
to order, the former Clerk, W. F. Sorrels, acting as Secre- 
tary. 

Elders A. L. Stough and J. E. King were appointed 
Reading Clerks. 

The churches Comprising this Association were called, 
Letters read and Messengers enrolled as follows : 
FIRST DISTRICT. 

1. Cooper's Gap — Elder J. H.Taylor, Bros. Allen Laughter, 
W. E. Mills, Jacob Jackson, A. B. F. Mills and H. K. Corn. 

2. Chimney Bock — Bros. C. G. Nanney and P. O. Freeman. 

3. Big Level — Bros. Jacob Ruppe and S. J. Cowart. 

4. BilVs Creek— Elder W. H. Logan, Bros. D. C. Brown, J. M. 
Williams, W. R. Frady, J. E. Frady and J. F. Logan. 

5. Bock Springs— ISros. I. M. Frady and H. M. Whiteside. 

6. Mountain Creek— Elder J. C. Sorrels, Bro. W. H. Rucker, C. 
S. Lynch, A. E. Flack, J. T. Lewis, Jr., H. K. Keeter and W. C. 
Lovelace. 

7. Silver Creek — Bros. J. M. Hamilton, James Jackson, T. M. 
Ruppe, W M. Justice. 



■4 Green River Baptist Assoeiation. 

8 Columbus — Bro. N. B. Hampton. 

9. White Oak— Eld. T. Bright, Bros. J. C. Waldrop, L. T. Jack- 
son and Elias "Walker. 

10. Pleasant Hill— Bros. M. D. Hill, R. S. Owens. 

11. Green Miver—Brqs. T. C. Page, T. J. Watkins, J. I. Ridings. 

12. Green's Creek— A. F. Smith, T. E. Walker, W. T. Swain 
and G. R. Feagams. 

13. Beulah — Bros. Randsom Ponder, Joshua Pitman. 

• SECOND DISTRICT. 

1. Stone Mountain— -Bros. A. W. Morgan and J. Goodrnm. 

2. Cherry Spring — Bro. J. B. Coxey. 

3. Zion Hill — Letter. 

4. Bethlehem — Bro. Z. S. Hawkins. 

5. Bethel — Bro. H. C. Grayson. 

6. Dysartsville — Bro. G. D. Taylor. 

7. MontforoVs Cove — Bro. T. B. Justice, 

8. Piney Knob— Bros. G. B. Milton, P. C. Shitle and J. B. 
Elliott. 

9/ Camp Creek— Bros. B. BiggerstafT, J. W. GufFey, J. L. Barnes. 

10. Cane Creek— Bros. D. W. A. Cowen and J. E. Wilson. 

11. Bound Hill—SSI '. F. Sorrels, Bros. G. W. Morgan, F. I. 
Mauney and A. P. Sorrels. 

12. Old Fort— Bro, M. G. Pendergrass. 

13. Marion — Not represented. 

14. Bridge Water. — 

THIRD DISTRICT. 

1. Mt. Vernon— Bros. R. P. Geer,M. L.Wilson, Henry Clark, Z. 
B. V. Freeman. 

2. Rutherfordton—FAds. C. B. Justice and J. E. King. 

3. Shiloh— Eld. A. T. Jones, Bros. N. Scoggins, D. J. Culbreth, 
A. S. Jones. 

4. Holly Springs — Not Represented. 

5. Mt. Zion— Letter. 

6. Mt. Pleasant — Bro. Lewis Hamric. 

7. Floyds Creek — Letter. 

8. Cool Spring— Eld. H. D. Harrill and Bro. J. B. Blanton. 

9. Mt. Lebanon — Bro. M. D. Wilson. 

10. First Broad— Bros. C. W. Milton, J. C. Fortune, C L. Blan- 
kenship and A. M. Buff. 

Invitation extended to newly constituted churches hold- 
ing letters of dismission from other Associations to join this 
body, and Macedonia and Beulah churches presented letters 
to join this body which letters were referred to a commit- 
tee consisting of Bro. II. Portrum, Elders Ii. D. Harrill and 
W. H. Logan. 



Green River Baptist Association. 5 

Received Green's Creek church by letter from Spartan- 
burg Association. 

On motion suspended rule 4 and elected Elder W. H. 
Logan Moderator and W. F. Sorrels Clerk by acclamation. 

On motion order of business of last year was adopted for 
Thursday evening. 

Corresponding Messengers were invited to seats and 
names enrolled as follows : 

King's Mountain— Elder A. L. Stough. 

The Moderator appointed committees as follows: 
Foreign 3Iissions—JL\der J. E. King and Bro. J. B. Blanton. 
Religious Exercises— Pastors and Deacons of Cooper's Gap church . 
State Missions— Bros. H. Portrum and N. Scoggin. 
Baptist Orphanage— Elder A. L. Stough and Bro. N. B. Hampton. 
Periodicals— Elder H. D. Harrill and Bro. M. L. Wilson. 
Home Missions— Elder T Bright and Bro. G. D. Taylor. 
Order of Business— Bros. R. P. Geer and B. Biggerstaff. 
Education- Elders T. Bright, H. D. Harrill and J. E. King. 
Sabbath Schools— -Elder J. C Sorrels and Bro. S. J. Cowart. 
Temperance— Elder A. L. Stough and Bro. T. C. Page. 

On motion adjourned to 9 A. M. to-morrow. 

Hymn, "Praise God from all blessings flow, &c." 

Benediction by Elder J. C. Sorrels. 



Friday, Sept. 30th, 1887, 9 o'clock, a. m. 

Hymn, "There is a fountain, &c." 

Prayer, led by Elder A. T. Jones. 

Pro. R. P. Geer read report on order of business as fol- 
lows : 

The committee on order of business submit the follow- 
ing report : 

1. Meet at 9:30 o'clock a. m. each day, and adjourn at 12, unless 
otherwise ordered by the Association. Meet at I p. in. and adjourn 
at pleasure. 

2. Read procedings of previous day. 

3. Call the roll 

4. Read Rules of Order. 

5. Call for reports of committees. . 

6. Appoint Corresponding Messengers. 

7. Consider the obligations resting upon the churches to sup- 
port their Pastors, so as to enable them to give themselves wholly 
to the work. 



6 Green River Baptist Association. 

8. Appoint time and place for next association. 

9. Elect minister to preach Introductory sermon. 

10. Appoint delegates to Baptist State Convention. 

11. Consider queries from the churches. 

12. Miscellaneous business. 

Read proceedings of yesterday and call the roll. 

Received an application from Bridge Water church to 
join this body and referred the letter to the committee pre- 
viously appointed for that business. 

The Moderator appointed the following committee on 
Finance: Bros. N. Scoggin, W. H. Rucker, Miller Wilson. 

Corresponding Messengers received and names enrolled 
as follows: 

Rev. J. L>. HufFham representative of Baptist Orphan- 
age and Biblical Recorder. 

Rev. C. Durham Corresponding Secretary of Baptist 
State Convention. 

On motion special orders were made as follows : Report 
on Periodicals immediately, State Missions 11 a. m. to-day, 
Baptist Orphanage 1 p. m. to-day. 

Eld. H. D. Harrill read the report on Periodicals as 
follows : 

PERIODICALS. 

Knowledge is power that gives influence, therefore, it is very 
necessary that we use every laudable effort to obtain knowledge. 
How shall we do this, we may know what the Baptist of N. C. are 
doing by reading our religious periodicals: Therefore, we would re- 
commend every pastor in this association to read the Biblical 
Recorder our State Organ and that they make and effort to get. all 
our people to read it. We also recommend the Foreign Mission 
Journal, Baptist Missionary Worker and the Western North Caro- 
lina Baptist, that our people may know what the Baptist are doing 
all over the State for they are not apt to be* interested in a thing 
that they know nothing about. 

Kespectfully submitted, 

H. D. Harrill, 1 n ... 

Miller L.Wilson. [ Committee. 

On motion to adopt, pending the adoption remarks were 
made by Elders C. B. Justice, j/D. Huff ham, T. Bright, J. 
H. Taylor, II. D. Harrill, after which the report was adopted. 

On motion a committee was appointed on Bible distri- 



Green River Baptist Association. 7 

bution and Colportage, consisting of Elders H. D. Harrill, C. 
B. Justice and Bro. A. L. Grayson. 

The report on State Missions was read by Bro. H. Por- 
trurn as follows : 

STATE MISSIONS. 

Your committee on State Missions respectfully submit : 1. As to 
the duty of Baptist in this direction, none who know the Scripture 
and believe it to be the word of God, can doubt that our Heavenly 
Father requires at our hands the disemination of the knowledge of 
His salvation. 

2. Our State Convention at its last session at Wilmington, re- 
cognizing the obligation of the churches to send the pure gospel into 
all the destitute sections of our own State, decided in their wisdom 
to authorize the State Board to expend $10,000 an excess of $2000 
more than they had hitherto expended. The Board accordingly did 
secure and send into the field missionaries to that amount. These 
missionaries are still unpaid, some of them being compelled to aban- 
don part of their work and turn to secular avocation for support 
herein our Board is in debt. Now brethren, it is for us to say wheth- 
er this unpleasant state of things shall continue. If we do our duty 
and as faithful stewards of God use our means to His glory, our 
Board will be relieved and our cause honored of God and man. 
Finally we would respectfully recommend this Association to en- 
large her Associational Board to seven, and four of the Board to con- 
stitute a quorum. To meet every fifth Sabbath and Saturday before 
in the year, at any place they shall see fit, and further adopt any 
plan which in their wisdom is consistent with the word of God. to 
reach the churches and develon the members in the grace of living 
to the support of the cause of Christ. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Nathen Scoggin f <- om miuee. 

Pending the adoption of the report remarks were made 
by Elds J. E. King, J, C. Sorrels, A. B. Washburn, C. Dur- 
ham, J. D. Huff ham. Took up a collection for State Mis- 
sions amounting to $6.55. 

Pledges were made as follows : 

Cooper's Gap $5, Chimney Rock $5, Big Level $2. Bills Creek $5, 
Rock Spring $5, Mountain Creek $5, Silver Creek $5, Columbus $5, 
White Oak $5, Pleasant Hill $=>, Green River $5, Green's Creek $5, 
Stone Mountain $2, Zion Hill $1, Bethlehem $2, Bethel $5, Dvsarts- 
ville $15, Montford's Cove $5, Piney Knob $2.25, Camp Creek $2, 
Cane Creek $8, Round Hill $5, Old Fort $10, Marion $20, Mt. Vernon 
$10, Rutherfordton $40, Shiloh $5, Hollv Spring $1, Mt. Zion $2, Mt. 
Pleasant $1, Floyd's Creek $5. Cool Springs $10, Mt. Lebanon $2, 
First Broad $5, Bridge Water $10, Beulah$i; Macedonia $1. 

On motion the report was adopted. 

Adjourned one hour. 



8 Green Rive?' Baptist Association. 

Afternoon Session. 
Hymn "Jesus keep me near the Cross, &c." 
Rev. C. B. Justice was appointed to discuss the subject 
of Foreign Missions at 11 o'clock a. m. to-morrow. 

Iiev. A. L. Stough read the report on Baptist Orphan- 
age as follows : 

THE BAPTIST ORPHANAGE. 

God has made it our duty to love our brethren, to rejoice with 
them in prosperity, weep with them in adversity, help them in 
trouble, share our worldly goods with them in time of need, and even 
to lay down our lives for them as Christ laid down his life for us. 
The same law makes it our bounden duty to provide for the orphan 
children of our deceased brethren who are left without the means of 
living and education. 

In accordance with the requirements of this law few brethren 
and sisters met in Raleigh in November, 1885, organized an Orphan- 
age Association. Soon afterwards 300 acres of land was purchased 
on which to build a house for the poor children of our brethren 
whose parents have passed away. Four dwelling houses have been 
built. Each of these houses will accommodate twenty-four children. 
Over each house there is a well educated christian woman who rules 
as mother and teacher of the children. A chapel has been built in 
which the orphans meet every Sunday for worship and Bible study. 
Seventy orphans are there now and many more are asking to be re- 
ceived. Other houses are needed apart of the land is still unpaid 
for, and the children are as yet poorly prepared for the winter season 
which is rapidly approaching. These things call on us to be prompt 
and liberal in our gifts to this noble institution. 

£i.S?6 N ,} committee. 

On motion to adopt, pending adoption, remarks were 
made by Elder J. D. Huff ham. 

Keceived for the Orphanage from Elders A. L. Stough 
$10, C. B. Justice $10, hat collection $12.32. 

The report was adopted. 

Appointed the following to take a collection in their 
churches for the Orphanage : 

Cooper's Gap, H. H. Gibbs, Dimsdale; Chimney Rock, C. G. 
Nanney, Chimney Rock ; Big Level, N. T. Mills, Poplar Grove; 
Bill's Creek, J, F. Logan, Ayr; Rock Spring, Misses Callie White- 
sides and Mattie Eagerton, Poplar Grove; Mountain Creek, Miss 
Alice Geer, Rutherfordton ; Silver Creek, J. M. Hamilton, Bright's 
Creek ; Columbus, M. M. Landrnm, New Prospect, S. C. ; White 
Oak, O. I. Nelson, Mills Spring, N. C. ; Pleasant Hill, R. A. Calla- 
han, Rutherfordton ; Green River, T. C. Page, Poore's Ford ; Green's 
Creek, Franklin Smith, White Oak Hall ; Stone Mountain, A. VV. 
Morgan, Dills; Cherry Springs, Miss Nora Gilbert, Old Fort ; Beth- 
lehem, E. C. Hawkins, Old Fort; Bethel, Miss Lou Morris, Sugar 
Hill ; Dysartsville, Miss S. C. Denton and Z. A. Taylor, Dysarts" 
ville; Montford's Cove, A. F. Morgan, Otter Creek ; Piney Knob' 



Green River Baptist Association. 9 

B. E. Hardin Cuba : Camp Creek, MissH. H. Fincannon, Brittain ; 
Cane Creek, J. E. Wilson, Pattern's Home ; Round Hill, Miss L. M. 
Nf '^nov, Cuba ; Old Fort Miss Loula Crawford, Old Fort; Marion 
M.-si. W. M. Blanton, Marion ; Mt. Vernon, M. L. Wilson, Logan's 
Rtore : Butherfordton. Rev. C. B. Justice, Rutherfordton ; Shiloh, 
D, J. Culhreth, Garnett: PTollv Springs. H. Cole, Island Ford ; Mt. 
Zion, D D. LaHimo-e, Polkville ; Mt. Pleasant, D. C. McAithur, 
Forest City: Flovd's Creek, Misr E, Miller, Island Ford; Cool 
Sprint, J. B. Blanton. Forest City: Mt. Lebanon, T. F. Toms, 
Oak Spring; First Broad, J. C. Fortune, Gambel's Store; Bridge 
Water.Miss EllaPrioe Dysartsville; Beulah,J. Pitman, Mills Spring; 
Macedonia A B. Washburn, Marion. 

On motion adjourned to 9:30 a. m. to morrow. 

Benediction bv Rev. J. D. Huff ham. 



Saturday, Oct. 1st, 1887, 9:30 o'clock a. m. 

Hymn, "Nearer my God to thee, &c." 

Prayer, led by Elder J. E. King. 

Read Proceedings of yesterday. 
f Appointed a committee on time and place of next Asso- 
ciation, viz : Elders C. B. Justice, H. D. Harrill, A. T. Jones. 

Announced preaching at the stand at 10 a. m. to-day by 
Elders J. C. Sorrels and A. T. Jones. 

Elected Rev. J. E. King to preach the next introductory 
sermon, Rev. W. H. Logan alternate. The sermon to be a 
doctrinal one. 

Bro. H. Portrum read the report of committee on newly 
organized churches as follows : 

We your committee on newly constituted ehurches, do make 
this our report : We have examined the articles of faith of Beulah 
church and Bridge Water church, and find them sound in the ar- 
ticles of %ith and church covenant, and recommend their reception 
as members of your body. 

We, upon examination of all the facts in the case of the Macedo- 
nia church : in our opinion there is a defection in the lettering of 
the members from Camp Creek church constitutes apart of that 
church. The letters not being granted in regular church conference 
nor at a call meeting for that purpose, and there not being members 
enough from other churches to constitute a church, we would advise 
the brethren from Camp Creek church to go to Camp Creek church 
on the regular church day and be lettered for the purpose of consti- 
tuting a new church. Respectfully submitted, 

H. Poftrum, I 
W.H.Logan, VCommitt.ee. 
H. D. Harrill, J 

Remarks were made by Revs. J. E. King and A. L. 
Stough while the motion to adopt was pending adoption. 

Rev. A. L. Stouglrread the report on temperance as 
follows: 



10 Green River Baptist Association. 

TEMPERANCE. 

As "Baptist we claim that the church is a divinely constituted 
association for moral and spiritual purposes, with such views of the 
church of Christ, it would seem impossible to avoid the inference 
that she is the most efficient instrumentality for accomplishing the 
moral and spiritual ends which God hath designed If the church, 
be the society for moral and spiritual purposes "which God hath in- 
stituted, she 'oue-ht to employ all the means for accomplish ing her 
mission which He hath authorized. We have no hesitation in ex- 
pressing the opinion that it would be entirely scriptural and expedi- 
ent for our church and the people of God to unite in bearing testi- 
mony against the wide-spread sin of intemperance, to ens;age to use 
all lawful means for arresting and removing it. "If the drunkard's 
drink runs away with resources that should be used in the distribu- 
tion of the Scriptures, the advancement of education, and the eleva- 
tion of the masses of society, as it does — if it obscures the intellect and 
perverts the judgment, causing men to despise and reject the best 
sifts of the Almighty, a Savior to redeem them from their sins, and 
to p-ive them lisrlit peace and joy, as it does — if it not onlv hinders 
and obstructs the accession of new members to the the visible church 
of Christ, but steals in and robs that church of members already 
there, as it does— if it produces nine-tenths of the crime of the land, 
as it undoubtedly does; if in short, it unfits men for the duties and 
pleasures of life, as it does, and prevents their preparation for death 
and judgment, as it does — if it sends our brethren openly into the 
presence of our great and holy God and Father, rebels against His 
authority, unsubdued to His will, spurning His proffered mercy, 
courting, as it were, the miseries of an everlasting hell. Then may 
we not ask, what duty so encumbent upon the ministers of the 
gospel, and every member of the church, as coming out and being 
separate from, and touching not the unclean thing." To abstain 
from the use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, as a means of 
bearing consistent testimony against a practice which results in so 
much drunkness and woe, and as an example that would be safe 
and wise for all men in health to follow. And, of what fearful' re- 
sponsibility unon the beads of those who neglect such imperious, 
such overwhelming duties. 

terror 1 '}™"- 

On motion to adopt, pending adoption, remarks were 
made by Eevs. J. E. King and T. Bright. 

On motion amended the report with the following res- 
olution : 

liesolved, That we advise the churches composing this Associa- 
tion not to retain in their fellowship any member who is concerned 
in the manufacture, sale or distribution of intoxicating liquors, 
neither any member who is in the habit of dram-drinking, nor any 
member who is guilty of the crime of drunkenness. 

J. H. Taylor. 

The report as amended was then adopted. 

Elder J. E. King read the report on Foreign Missions 

as follows : \ 



Green River Baptist Association. 11 

\ «_ 

Your committee on Foreign Missions respectfully ask to submit : 
That the command of our Master to preach his gospel to all nations, 
can never be fully and practicably carried out until every individual 
christian shall fully realize the fact that in the divine arrange- 
ment to that end that they are made factors, and inwardly responsi- 
ble for the failure or success of the grand purpose of God's grace, in 
giving the gospel to every creature We therefore recommend the 
prayerful study of God's word on this subject. We, to this end, 
would submit: 

1. We are taught that the salvation of men is inseparably con- 
nected with faith in Jesus as the son of God. "He that believeth 
not shall be damned." "He that believeth on Thee hath eternal life." 
"He that believeth not on the Son hath not life, but the wrath of 
God abideth on him " How are they to get faith ? let God answer : 
"Faith cometh by hearing hearing by the word of God. And how 
shall they believe on Him of whom they have not heard ? How 
shall they learn without a preaoher, and how shall they preach ex- 
cept they be sent? How are they sent? Answer. 1st. God calls and 
qua)ifies men to this end. "No man taketh unto himself this honor 
exoept he be called of God as was Aaron.'-' 2nd, God has connected 
this fact with human instrumentality. "Now when the apostles at 
Jerusalem learned that Samaria had received the word of God they 
sent unto them Peter and John." Acts 8:14. Then tidings of these 
things came unto the sons of the church which was in Jerusalem 
and they sent forth Barnabas that he should go as far as Antioch. 
From these scriptures it is evident that God requires the church to 
send the word of God through her ministers to the perishing souls 
of men. Then dare we withhold the means, and the only means, 
money, by which this grand and glorious purpose of God's grace to 
sinners can be affected. Respectfully submitted, 

On motion to adopt, pending adoption, Rev. G. B. Jus- 
tice addressed the body on the subject followed by Elders 
A. L. Stough and J. E. King. 

Pastors of churches of this Association pledgd for For- 
eign Missions the following amounts : 

Revs. C. B. Justice $50, A. L. Stough $50, W.H. Logan $25, J. E. 
King $50, H. D. Harrill $10, T. Bright $35, J. C. Sorrels $10, J. H. 
Taylor $10, A. T. Jones $11. 

The following churches promised these amounts : 

White Oak $5, Silver Creek $5, Shiloh $5, Chimney Rock $5, Mt. 
Pleasant $2. 

Personal efforts are all that is required in these pledges. 

On motion adjourned one hour. 

Benediction by Kev. C. B. Justice. 



Afternoon Session. 
Hymn, "Alas. and did my Savior bleed, &c." 
Rev. G. B. Justice read report of committee on time 
and place of next Association : 




Time, Thursday before the lso Sabbath in October, 1888. llace, 
Shiloh five miles south of Rutherfordton, N. C. 

An amendment was offered to change the place to 
Mountain Creek church but did not carry. 

The original report was then adopted. 

Elder T. Bright read the report on education as fol- 
lows : 

We your committee, are of the opinion that the spirit of educa- 
tion is far in advance of what it has been in our bounds and through- 
out the State. 

1. As an evidence of this fact the colleges of the State are re- 
ceiving a more liberal patronage than ever before. 

2. High schools are being built in many sections of the country 
and inspite of the many perils through which we have passed they 
have not been closed but have had a liberal suoport. 

We your committee would recommend Wake Forest College as 
the school of the Baptist State Convention for the education of our 
young men, and especially for the training of those who are the 
coming ministers among us. We would further recommend Shelby 
Female College as the place to educate our daughters. And we 
would not forget Judson College of Htndersonville. From our 
knowledge of the institution and its management under Rev. G. B. 
Boon, we can safely recommend it to our people as a good institu- 
tion and worthy of our patronage. 

Finally brethren, ought not the 4,282 Baptist of the Green River 
Association have a high school located somewhere in our bounds, 
known as our own enterprise. Being impressed with the import- 
ance of such an institution, a few of the ministers and deacons as- 
sembled in a ministers' and deacons' meeting at Mountain Creek 
church in May ; did take some steps, and feeling impressed to act 
promptly appointed a committee who has since leased an academy 
at Rutherfordton, and procured the services of Prof. Hunter, who 
opened school the 12th of September and theschool is now in progress. 
The committee have procured a site one mile north of Rutherfordton 
of 8 v acres with a view of building thereon; all of which is submitted 
for the consideration of this association. 
Respectfully submitted, 

T. Bright, ] 

H. D. Harrill, ^Committee. 

J.E.King. j 

On motion to adopt remarks were made by Elds, T. 

Bright, C. B. Justice, J. E. King, Bro. K Scoggins. The 

following amendment was offered : 

Resolved,, That the committee appointed at the Ministers and 
Deacons' meeting at Mountain Creek in May, 1887, be continued, 
and that the agreement as to site &c. be continued, and said school 
located as provided for in said action, Provided, the citizens of 
Rutherfordton will make a bonafide subscription of $1,000 within 
the next sixty days, otherwise, the committee shall be at liberty to 
locate at any other point they may deem fit. 



Green River Baptist Association. lo 

Amendment adopted and report adopted. 

Suspended Order of Business and read the letter from 
Bridge Water and Beulah churches. 

On motion the last collection to-morrow is to be given 
for building purposes at Bridge Water. 

Heard the report on Home Missions as read by Eld. T. 
Bright, viz.: 

We your committee on home mission submit the following: 

The home mission work is intrusted to the home mission board 
of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

As shown by their statistics they had in the field last year 251 
missionaries. They have occupied 822 places, baptized 3,923 persons, 
received by letter 2,319 Total additions 6,242. Sunday Schools re- 
ported, 318, and in those schools there are 13,031 pupils. Churches 
constituted 119, houses built 62. 

The expenditures have been $122,097.20. The work of this board 
is increasing, the demands upon them are increasing at a wonderful 
rate. 

Resolved, Therefore, that we take such steps here as will in- 
crease our material for the support of the home mission work, and 
that we enter into hearty cooperation with the board, and to this 
end would advise the appointment of a committee of one in each 
church whose duty it shall be to raise funds for the board. 

T. Bright, V Committee 
G. D. Taylor. |^ omrmltce - 

On motion it was adopted. 

The report on Finance was read by Bro. M. L. Wilson 

as follows: 

Your committee report $3*5.95 for minutes. We recommend that 
the Clerk be allowed $9 00 for his services including blank church 
letters for the churches and the remainder of the money be expend- 
ed for minutes. 

N- SCOGGIN, ] 

W. H. Rtjcker, [committee. 

Miller L. Wilson, J 



On motion the report was adopted. 
Bro. S. J. Cowart read the following report on Sab- 
bath Schools: 

We your committee on Sabbath Schools submit the following: 
We believe that this grand and noble work is doing more this year 
than eyer before. The number of students excells the previous year, 
and a greater effort has been made in this direction than h*.& form- 
erly been. We believe that this is a worK for the glory of God, and 
one in which a man of one, two, three, four or five talents can work. 
We believe Baptist literature to be an advantage in the study of 
God's Word, and we recommend the Sunday Schools to use the lit- 
erature published by the American Baptist Publication society. 

J. C. Sorrels, \ ro ' Htpp . 
S, J. Cowart. [<-<>mmitt€e, 



1/f Green River Baptist Association. 

On motion to adopt ponding adoption remarks were 
made by Bro. S. J. Cowart after which report was adopted. 
Bro. II. Port rani, Treasurer, read a report as follows. 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 
II Portrum, Treasurer , in account with the Green River Association. 



17S7. 










S, M. 


F. M. 


H . M. 


Marcl 


120, 


To 


cash 


, Mt. Vernon church 


$3 '70 


$0 00 




April 16, 


" 


4 4 


4 4 14 


1 20 


1 25 


$2 37 


i i 


24, 


14 


ti 


Mountain Creek Church 




2 95 




Oct, 


1st, 
it 

1 1 


tt 


» 


•4 t 4 4 4 4 

Chimney Rock " 
Collections Friday 


1 25 
6 55 


16 02 
6 00 




" 


tt 


tt 


Ht 


Rock Spring Church 


5 00 


2 50 




u 


1 1 


tt 

4 4 


I, 


White Oak 

Silver Creek u 

Cool Spring u 


5 00 
1 00 
5 05 


5 00 
5 00 




'» 


" 


" 


44 


Flovd's Creek 


5 00 


3 00 




it 


tt 


44 


tt 


Columbus " 


6 00 


3 50 




" 


" 


44 


kf 


Mon ford's Cove " 


2 15 


5 00 




1 1 


» 


M 


ft 


Big Level " 


2 02 


2 02 




it 


tt 


44 


tt 


Stone Mountain " 


1 00 


2 00 




it 


" 


tt 


tt 


Piuey Knob " 


2 00 






it 


tt 


f ( 


tt 


Pleasant Hill 


40 


3 15 




t( 


tt 


U 


U 


Bethel 


5 01) 


5 00 


7 00 


(1 
(( 


tt 
tt 


(t 
it 


tt 
tt 


Camp Creek " 
Round Hill 


1 25 
5 00 


1 40 

5 00 




ti 


tt 


it 


44 


First Broad " 


2 65 


3 00 




I, 


tt 


ti 


44 


Mt. Vernon " 


4 03 


4 05 


2 13 


t( 


tt 


,t 


.1 


Mt. Pleasant " 




2 50 


2 20 


tt 


it 


" 


ti 


Cooper : s Gap " 


3 42 


3 42 




(( 


II 


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ti 


Green River " 




3 50 




(( 
(I 
(1 


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tt 


it 
it 
t. 


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tt 
ti 


Shiloh 

Bill's Creek " 

Collections Sunday G. R. A. 


1 02. 


1 02 

5 00 

10 00 




it 


tt 


ti 


it 


" " J. Sorrel, 


10 00 







179 69 $106 28 $13 70 
Collections Sunday evening for Bridge Water church, 7 65 

Mt. Pleasant church for Orphanage, 1 00 

Total $208 32 

1887 CREDITS. 

April By cash F. H. Briggs Receipt 

May 4, " " » 

V •* u " For two postal orders 

Oct. 2 " " 3. C. Price receipt Bridge Water church 

" " " u Jessey Sorrels receipt collections Sunday 

11 " u " MoDey order to F. H. Briggs 

u u u " For money order 

Total $208 32 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. Pobtfum, Treasurer. 

On motion it was adopted. 



$ 10 50 


7 67 


20 


7 65 


10 00 


171 45 


85 



Green River Baptist Association. 15 

Corresponding Messengers were appointed as follows: 

Broad Rfoer^FMs. J. H. Yer'noro, A, T. Jones. 
King's Mov.nfain — Elds. T. Bright. <\ B/ Justice, J. E. King;, 
TFT. D. Harrill, W, F. Sorrells, Bros. N. Seoggin, J. A. Thorn, T. <J. 
Page. R S. Owen, "Rev. W. H. I/ogan. 

For& Association— \y '. F. BorreK H. K. Keeter, 
Baptist State, Convention— Any Bro. from Green River Associa- 
tion who may be present. 

Rev. T. Bright read the following resolution: 
Resolved, That we the members and delegates of the Green 
River Association will endeavor to attend and have our churches 
represented in and make our Ministers' and Deacons' meeting inter- 
esting and helpful in our work. Time of meeting Friday before each 
fifth Sunday. 

On motion appointed the Board of Missions of the 
Green River Association as found on page 2nd of this min- 
ute, which board is to meet with the Ministers' and Deacons' 
meeting. 

On motion agree to divide the 1st collection Sunday 
equally between Rev. J. C. Sorrels and Foreign missions. 

A resolution of thanks was offered by Rev. C. B. Justice 
as follows : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and hereby ten- 
dered the brethren and sisters of Cooper's Gap church and friends 
of the neighborhood for their kindness in entertaining this body 
during its session. 

' -On motion appointed a committee consisting of Elds. 
J. E. King, T. Bright, C, B. Justice, Bros. IT. Portrum, A. 
L. Grayson to revise the constitution of this association and 
report at next meeting of this body. 

On motion abolished Union Meeting and Sabbath 
School convention and ask the churches in districts entitled 
to the association to send petitions to the association. 

On motion ordered a mass meeting to be held each fifth 
Sabbaih at the Ministers' and Deacons' meeting. 

On motion adjourned to time and place appointed. 
Hymn, "We shall meet," &c. 
Prayer led by Rev. C. B. Justice. 

Eld. W. II. LOGAN, Moderator, 
W. F. Sorrels, Clerk. 



16 Green River Baptist Association. 

Sunday, Oct.. 2nd, 1887. 10 o'clock, a. m. 

Hymn, "There is a fountain,,, &c. Prayer led by Rev. 
C. B. Justice. Hymn, "Am I a soldier of the cross/' &c. 

Sermon by Eev. C. B. Justice, text 1 Thee. 5:12-13. 11 
o'clock A. M., hymn "There is a fountain," &c. Missionary 
sermon by Rev. A. L. Stough, text Prov. 11:80. Collection 
was taken up for J. C. Sorrels and foreign missions amount- 
ing to $20.00. 

Intermission one hour. 

1 o'clock, P. M. 

Hymn, "When I can read my titles clear, &c. Hymn 
521, Baptist Hymnal. Prayer led by Rev. J. E. King. 

Sermon by Eld. J. E. King, text 1 John 3:1. Collection 
for building Bridge Water church amounting to $8.00. 
Closed by singing and hand shaking. 



ASSOCIATION COVENANT. 

Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, and 
that there are three persons in the Godhead— the Father, the Son, 
and the Holy Ghost — and these are one in substance, and equal in 
power and giory. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments 
are the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in man's impotency to recover himself from the 
fallen state he is in, by his own free will and ability. 

5. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
through the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. 

6. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that they 
never shall finally fall away. 

7. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
instituted by Christ, and that true believers are the only proper sub- 
jects thereof. 

8 We believe immersion is the only Spiritual mode of baptism. 

9. We believe that no person has a right to administer the ordi- 
nances but such as are regularly called and qualified thereto. 

10. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and a general 
judgment; that the punishment of the wicked shall be evelastin g, 
and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, 
agreeing to the above Articles of Faith, do for and in behalf of the 
churches which we represent, covenant and agree, and give ourselves 
up to each' other in church and christain fellowship, in order to keep 
up the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace, and to assist each 
other in all matters of distress, and to pray for each other's pros- 
perity. 



Green River Baptist Association. 17 

RULES OF ORDER. 

Rule 1. Every meeting of business shall be opened and closed 
with prayer, either by the Moderator or some otjier brother whom he 
shall appoint. 

2. Each speaker shall arise and address the Moderator on any 
subject to be discussed. 

8. ISomotion shall be debated unless seconed. No member shall 
speak more than twice, twenty minutes each, on the same motion 
without special leave of the Association. 

4. The Moderator and Cierk shall be chosen by ballot, and con- 
tinue in ofiice until their successors are elected. 

o. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, unless 
otherwise directed. 

6. During the hours of business all private conversation, walk- 
ing across or out of the house, without permission of the Moderator 
first obtained, shall be deemed a breach of order. 

7. The names of members shall be called each day previous to 
proceeding to business. 

8. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing, signed by the 
mover and handed to the moderator or clerk before they are debated. 

9. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received 
but to adjourn, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to lay on the ta- 
ble or to amend, which several motions shall have precedence in 
the order in which they are arranged. But no mot ion or proposi- 
tion on a subject different from that under consideration shall be 
admitted under color of amendment. 

10. When a motion has once been made and carried in the 
affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member who 
voted with the majority to move for reconsideration thereof on the 
same day. 

11. When the reading of any paper is called for and objected to 
by any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the Association. 

12v No member shall absent himself in time of business, unless 
he be sick and unable to attend. 

13. All questions, except such as relate to the Constitution, shall 
be decided by a majority vote. 

14. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the foregoing regula- 
tions, he shall be regarded as untrue to his trust, and shall be liable 
to be reminded of his duty by any member present. 



IFXTSJ-^H^CX-A-IL TABLE. 



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$3 42 
5 00 
2 00 


$3 42 
5 00 
2 00 
5 00 
2 50 

17 92 

2 30 

3 50 
5 00 
3 15 
3 50 


$250 
100 

10: 

"106 
'"4*6 

215 


$140 

45 

20 

100 

50 

185 

150 

150 

90 

70 

100 

150 

90 

105 


$ 

: ,8S6 


$ 1064 


Chimney Rock.. 




I 25 00 






3600 


Big Level 








5 V 


Bill's Creek. 




35 00 
44 00 

100 00 
37 30 

75 00 






4100 


Rock Soring 








5 00 
15 00 

2 25 

6 00 
5 00 


5230 


Mountain Creek 
Silver Creek 


111 00 


$ 6 85 




21148 
4435 


Columbus 








8600 


White Oak 








1090 


Pleasant Hill 










425 


Green River 




25 55 
25 30 

30 00 

31 60 
16 00 

. 75 00 
75 00 

100 00 
75 00 


75 






30s6 


Green's Creek... 


1 






2680 


Bridge Water.... 




235 00 










265i /0 


Stone Mountain 








2 00 


100 


3505 


Cherry Springs.. 




20 50 






3650 


Bethel.......... 






5 00 
5 00 
12 65 
2 15 
2 00 
1 25 

1 65 
5 00 

10 00 

2 65 
8 98 

21 00 

1 03 

2 00 


5 00 

3 00 

"5' 00 


700 
200 
190 
315 


115 

60 

95 
120 

60 
105 

70 
150 

55 
125 
225 
200 

40 

60 
110 

85 
110 
100 

55 


415 
690 

1800 
"206 


9315 


Bethlehem 




"'7F4O 

87 91 


$ 1 00 


8660 


Dysartsville 




19205 


Montford's Cove 






17441 


Piney Knob 






260 


Camp Creek 




62 85 


23 55 




1 40 




9700 


Cane Creek 






237 


Round Hill....... 




50 00 
100 00 

50 00 
100 00 

180 00 

40 00 






5 00 

5 00 

3.00 

12 15 

21 Oo 

1 03 
3 00 

2 50 

3 00 


200 
200 

"450 
1200 

150 

120 
200 


6350 


Old Fort.. 


3 00 


55 00 

3 00 

16 57 

53 00 


2 00 


17755 


First Broad 


5990 


*Mt. Vernon 




12 15 
16 00 


16080 


Rutherfbrdton... 
Shiioh 


20 00 


34200 
2846 


Mt. Zion 








4710 


Mt. Pleasant 


1 00 






580 


Floyd's Creek... 








5 00 


1000 


Cool Spring 

Mt. Lebanon 


90 




506 15 
1 00 




51015 


100 00 




1 80 






10380 


Beulah 










55 




















Totals 


$35 90 


$147860 


$114868 


$31 15 


13083 


12537 


4830 


3585 


8991 


292051 



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MINUTES 



-OF THL- 



FORTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



HELD WITH THE 



RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N. C. 



} *'• .«-"> 



October 4th, 5th, and 6th, 1888. 



Rev. W. H. LOGAN, Moderator Ayr, N. C. 

W. F. SORRELS, Clerk ' ...Cuba, N. C. 

A. L. GRAYSON, Treasurer .', Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Shelby, N. C. 
Babikgton, Roberts & Co. 



MINUTES 



—OF THE— 



FORTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OP THE 



Green River baptist Association 



HELD WITH THE 



RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N. C, 



October 4th, 5th, and 6th, 1888. 



Rev. W. H LOGAN, Moderator Ayr, N. C. 

W. F. SORRELS, Clerk Cuba, N. C. 

A. L. GRAYSON, Treasurer Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Shelby, N. C. 
Babington, Roberts & Co. 

1888. 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF MINISTERS. 

Bright, T Mills Spring, N. C. 

Case, C Office not given. 

Denton. J R Dysartsville. N. 0. 

Harris, K B Cuba, N'. (-. 

Hunt, A Gambel's Store, N. C. 

Justice, C B Rutherford ton, N. C. 

Justice, T B Rutherford ton, N. C. 

Jones, i\ T Garnett, N. C. 

King, J E Dysartsville, N. 0, 

Logan, W H ....Ayr, N. C. 

McMahau, A Poore's Ford, N. C. 

McCurry, Lewis "... Dysartsville, N". C. 

Mori'eit,' J I Stone Mountain, N. C. 

Sorrels, W F Cuba, N. C. 

Sorrels, J C Bridgewater, N. C. 

Taylor, E L Rutherford ton, N. C. 

Taylor I H Grassy Knob, N. C. 

Whiteside, Z T... Forest City N. C. 

Yarboro, J H...., Forest City N. C. 



LICENTIATES. 

Deveney, J V Holly Bush, N. C. 

Green, M N New Prospect, S. C. 

Haynes, Eli Mills Spring, N. C. 

Harrill. D B F Forest City, N. C. 

Jackson, Albert Mills Spring, N. C. 

Taylor, J M Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Taylor, L G L Pattern's Home, N, C. 



BOARD OF MISSIONS. 

Blanton, Wm Marion, N. C. 

Grayson, A L Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Hill, MD Rutherfordton, N. O. 

Justice, Rev C B Rutherfordton, N. 0. 

King, Rev.JE Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Portrum, H Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Price, P P Bridgewater, N. C. 

Page, T C Poore's Ford, N. 0. 

Smith, J H Rutherfordton, N. C, 

Next session at Head First Broad Church, Rutherford County, 
North Carolina, Thursday before the 1st Sunday in October, 1889. 



PROCEEDINGS 



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Thursday, Oct. 4th, a. d., 1888. 

The Green River Association met this day in its forty- 
eighth annual session, with the Shiloh Baptist Church, five 
miles South of Rutherfordton, HT. C, at 11 A. m. Hymn, 
"My Redeemer." Bible lesson, 2 Tim. 2 chapter. Hymn 
"Jesus I love thy charming name, &c." Prayer led by El 
J. E. King. Introductory by Rev. J. E. King, Text: 1 Tim. 
3 chap. 14 and 15 verses. Prayer, Rev. C. Durham leading. 

Adjourned one hour. 

Afternoon Session. 

Hymn, "What a friend we have in Jesus, &c." 

Prayer, led by Rev. A. L. Stough. 

The Association was called to order by the former 
Moderator, Rev. W. II. Logan, with W. F. Sorrels, the 
former Clerk acting as Secretary. 

Appointed Bro. A. L. Grayson and 1ST. Scoggin to act 
as Rending Clerks. 

The churches composing this Association were called, 
Letters read and Messengers enrolled as follows : 
FIRST DISTRICT. 

1. Beulah — Bros. Ransom Ponder, E. D. Taylor. 

2. BiWs Creek— Elder W. H. Logan, Bros. J. W. Murphy, J. 
G. Dalton, L. W. McDaniel, J. W. Thompson. 

3. Big Level— Bro. O. L. Wilson. 

4. Columbus — Bro. Gray B. Hampton. 

5. Cooper's Gap— Elder J. H. Taylor, Bros. H. H. Gibbs, J. G. 
Laughter, H. K. Cone, J. K. Gibbs. 

6. Chimney Rock — Bros.. C. G. Nanney, J. Shitle. 

7. Green's Creek— Bros. T. E. Walker, J. B. Swain, G. B. Bra- 
dey, G. T. Feagaus. 

8. Green River — Bros. T. 0. Page, J. H. Blanton. J. I. Ridings. 

9. Mountain Creek— Elder J. C. Sorrels, J. F. Edwards, J. W. 
Lewis, M. L. Sorrels, W. C. Lovelace, C. M. Lewis. 

10. Pleasant Hill— Bros. G. W. Hodge, R. A. Callahan. 

11. Rock Spring— Bros. H. M Whiteside, R. Led better, Jr. 

12. Silver Creek— T. M. Roope, Elbert Jackson. 

13. White Oak—O. I. Nelson, J. P. Arledge, E. J. Walker, Elder 
T. Bright. 



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SECOND DISTRICT. 

1. Bethel— Broz. R F. Morris, S. E. Poteet, J. D. Morris, J. A. 
Poteet. 

2. Bethlehem— Bro. C. C. Bradley. 

3. Jbridgewater — Bro. J. C Price. 

4. Ca tct tub a — L etter. 

5. Camp Creek— Bro. J. A. Clements, B BiggerstafF. 

6. Cane Creek— Bros D. W. A. Cowan, J. R. Walker. 

7. Cherry Springs — Letter. 

8. Clear Creek-Bro. II. B. Nichols. 

9. Dysartsville— Elder J. R. Denton, Bros. W. H. Taylor, J. E. 
Denton, W. S. Walker. 

](). Hall Toivn — Letter. 

11. Macedonia. — Elder A. B. Washburn, Jas. Gallion. 

12. Marion — Not represented. 

13. Montford's Cove — T. B. Justice. 
11. Old Fort— Bro. Win. Washburn. 

15. Plaey Knob— Bros. A. W. Green, J. B. Elliott. 

16. Bound Hill— Elder W. F. Sorrels, Bros. L. L. Deck, Win. 
Nanney, D J. Keeter, L S. Keeter, A. P. Sorrels. 

17. Stone Mountain— -Bros, W. B. Dalton, M. Hall, Elder J. I. 
Moffeitt. 

18. Turkey Cove— Letter. 

19. Zioa Hill — Letter. 

THIRD DISTRICT. 

1. Cool Springs— md J H Yarboro, Bro J B Blanton, Matt Mc- 
Brayer, J. W. Davis. 

2. First Broad— Bros. J. M. Milton, J. B Condrey, W. G. Gray- 
son, Elder A. Hunt. 

3. Floyd's Creek— Bros. 0. L Tate, T C. Harris. 

4. Flolly Springs — Bros. Matterson Henson, W. R. Studman. 

5. Mt. Lebanon—Bros. T. F. Toms, J. P. Digh, M. D. Wilson. 

6. Mt. Pleasant— Rider A. McMahan, Bros. B. McMahan, W. 
S. Hill, O. Morrow. 

7. Mt. Vernon— Bros. N. J. Rollins, R. P. Geer, M. L. Wilson, 
Z. V. Freeman, R G. Freeman. 

8. Mt Zion—Bvo. J. V- Deveny. 

9. Butherfor dt on— EAders C. B. Justice, J. E. King, Bros. A. 
L. Grayson, Thomas C. Smith, W. H. Glover. 

10. Shiloh — Elder A. T. Jones, Bros. W. P. Abrams, Nathan 
Scoggins, A. D. Brooks, Martin Ruppe, B. M. Hamric, A. S. Jones. 

Invitations extended to newly constituted churches, and 
churches holding letters of dismission from other Associa- 
tions to join this body. Received Turkey Cove from Black 
Mountain Association. Clear Creek from Yancy County 
Association, and Hall Town, Catawba and Macedonia newly 
constituted churches. 

On motion suspended rule 4, and elected Elder W. II. 
Logan, Moderator, and W. F. Sorrels Clerk, by acclamation. 

Received and read a letter from II. D. Harrill, and 
forty-nine other members of Cool Springs Church, asking 
for a committee often brethren, ministers and deacons, in 



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the Green River Association, to advise Cool Springs Church 

and H. D. Harrill in the adjustment of a difficulty between 

II. D. Harrill and Cool Springs Church, which request was 

on motion granted, after the motion to lay on the table was 

lost. On motion granted a copy of request to Cool Springs 

Church. 

Corresponding Messengers were invited to seats and 

names enrolled as follows: 

Kings Mountain — Elders Z D Harril, A L Stough. 
Spartanburg— Dr M M Landrum. 

Corresponding Secretary Baptist State Convention — Elder V 
Durham. 

Broad River- Elder J M Williams. 

Thomasville Female College — Elder J N Stallings. 

Baptist Orphanage — Bro' J W Oliver.' 

The following committees were appointed by the Mod- 
erator : 

Foreign Missions — Bro A L Grayson, Elder J E King. 

Stale Missions — Elders J C Sorrels, C Durham. 

Religious Exercises — Pastor and Deacons of Shiloh church. 

On motion granted leave of absence to brethren J. P. 
Digh, T. F. Toms, 0. Morrow. 

On motion adjourned to 9 a, m. to-morrow. Song, Dox- 
ology. Benediction by Elder C. Durham. 



Friday, Oct. 5th, 9 o'clock, a. m. 

Hymn, "Wishing, Hoping, Knowing." Prayer led by 
Rev. M. M. Landrum, 

Read and adopted record of yesterday. Called roll. 

Invited Rev. G. W. Harmon to seat with the privilege of 
representing the "Biblical Recorder." 

On motion appointed a committee to adjust a difficulty 
between Bro. H. D. Harrill and Cool Springs Church con- 
sisting of the following: Elders C. B, Justice, A. F. Jones, 
J. R, Denton, J. C. Sorrells, Bros. M. II. Justice, A. L. Gray- 
son, W. O. Wallace, J. W. Lewis, W. M. Nanney, T, 0. 
Page. 

On motion adopted order of business as follows: 
1. Meet at 9:3) o'clock, a. m. each day, and adjourn at 12 unless | 
otherwise ordered by the Association. Meet at 1 p. m. and adjourn 
at pleasure. 



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2. Read proceedings of previous day. 

3. Call the roil. 

4. Read Rules of Order. 

5. (Jail for reports of committees 

6. Appoint Corresponding Messengers. 

7. Appoint time and place for next Association. 

8. Elect minister to preach Introductory. 

9. Appoint Delegates to Baptist State Convention and Southern 
Baptist Convention. 

10. Consider queries from the churches. 

11. Miscellaneous business. 

Appointed the following committees, viz: 

Baptist Orphanage — Elder C B Justice, Bro N Scoggin. 

Periodicals — Elder A L Stough, Bro Matt McBrayer. 

Home Missions— Elder T Bright, Bro J W Davis. 

Education — Elders J H Yarboro, A T Jones. 

Temperance — Elders J it Denton, A McMahan. 

Finance — Bros L L Deck. Albert Jackson, A ? Sorrels. 

Sabbath Schools — Bros O I Nelson, D J Keeler. 
Report of committee on religious exercises as follows: 

Sermon at 11 o'clock by Elder C Durham on State Missions. 
Elder C. Durham read the report on State Missions as 
follows : 

STATE MISSIONS. 

The spirit of Missions is the spirit of Christ, it is life, it is pro- 
gress, enlargement and consecration The Dead Sea is p'roperiy 
named — always receiving and never giving.— The one who having 
authority, gives a command and expects it to be obeyed. The Master 
has commanded us to preach the Gospel to every creature, and He 
expects us to obey. Shall we meet or disappoint this expectation ? 
Our faith is the limit of God's power to help us. Let us expect great 
things from God, and in His name and in His strength let us under- 
take great things for God. The Mission Board has this year eighty- 
seven Missionaries and thirteen. Colp>orters. One hundred in ail. 
These are located in the destitute towns and county neighborhoods 
from Asbe and Alleghany counties to the Sea They have done 
faithful work, and their labors have been greatly blessed of the Lord. 
The four new churches received into this Association, as the result 
of this Mission work in McDowell county during the past year, is 
only an illustration of this work as done all over the State. We ac- 
knowledge with gratitude the tokens of the Divine power, and urge 
the importance of enlarging this work in the State, ami especially 
iu that part of the Mission work within our bounds Bro. Sorrels 
has done a good work He should be continued and the work pressed 
with even more vigor than ever before. Can not more be secured in 
the churches for this work during the next year than during the 
past year ? 

We recommend the ''Gospel Herald," a monthly published by 
the Board. If in each and every family connected with our churches 
the contributions of our churches would be greatly enlarged. 

V- c"^"^'} Committee. 

Pending the motion to adopt the report, remarks were 
! made bv Elders C. B. Justice and C. Durham. 



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Collection was taken, as follows: 
Elder C B Justice $5, Elder A T Jones 25 c^nts, Bros T Page 
$1, R 8 Owen 50c, J H Smith *">, P E Walker $1. A D Brook* 25c, B 
MeMahan 50c, G T Feagans 25c, R Ponder 25c, Elders W H Logan 
$1, Bros J W Thompson 5(>c; S Poteet 25c, T B Justice 25c, Z V 
Freeman 50c, J M Milton 25c, Grav B Hampton $1, R B Nichols 
26c, J Poteet 25c, Wm Washburn 50c, D J Keeter 25c, Elder J M 
Williams $1, Hat collection $5, Total 25.00. 

The following pledges were made for next}-ear for State 
Missions: 

Cooper's Gap $5, Chimney Rock $5, Big Level $2,Biil'*Creek $10 
Rock Springs $5, Mountain ''reek $10, Silver Creek $3, Columbus $3, 
White Oak $5, Pleasant Hill SO, Green Creek $5, Bulah $2. Stone 
Mountain $2, Cherrv Springs $1, Bethlehem $5, Bethel $5, Dysarts- 
yille $5, Montford's'Cove $5, Pinev Knob $2.50, Camp Creek $2. Cane 
Creek $-3, Round Hill $5, Old Fort $2, Marion $10, Mt Vernon $-5, 
Kulherfordton, $25. Shiloh $5. Holly Springs $1, Mt. Zion $2 50, Mt. 
Pleasant $8, Floyd's Creek $2.5% Cool Springs $2. Mt. Lebanon $2, 
First Broad $5, Turkey Cove $5, -Clear Creek $1, Harmony Grove $5, 
Hall Town $2, Green River $3. 

Resolution was offered as an amendment to report on 

State Missions as follows : 

Resolved, That a committe of three be appointed to solicit indi- 
vidual* contributions by the friends and brethren to support our 
Missionaries in MiDoweJl coun'y. 

On motion it was adopted. 

Messengers from King's Mountain Association was in- 
vited to seatsas follows: Elds. G. W. Rollins, A. P. Hollifield . 
Adjourned one hour. 
Benediction bv Elder C. B. Justice. 



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Afternoon Session. 

Hymn, "There is a Fountain, &c." 

On motion granted leave of absence for consultation to 
Cool Springs delegates and Eiders C. Durham, M. M. Ean- 
drum, J. M. Williams, J. E. King, J. C. Sorrels, A. MeMa- 
han, A. L. Stough, J. 1ST. Stallings, T. Bright. 

Remarks were made by Elder J. C. Sorrels on State 
Missions. 

Amounts pledged to pay Elder J. C. Sorrels for services 
on the Mission field in McDowell county for next year: 

Elder C B Justice $20, J C Price $o, Joseph Smith $5, William 
Bfanton $5, Elder J E King $10, P P Price $5, Elder W H Logan 
$10. R P Geer $5, A L Grayson $5, T C Page $5, Wm Walker $5, 



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Gray B Hampton $5, Miss Emma Scoggin SI, Miss Ella J Walker 
! $1, J W Thompson $2, H H Gibbs $5, A D Brooks $2 50 J W Mur- 
i phy $3. VV M Glover $5, Albert Jackson $2 53, Elder A T Jones 
i $2.50. H K a.rn $2, D J Keeter |2, H Bi^gerstafi'll J G Laughter 

$1, J iVI Mil tori $2, A P Sorrels II L S Keeter $1, J M Abrams $1, T 
| E Walker $5-, Mrs II J C illahan $1, V C Kicks U5, Matt Mc Braver 
j $5, Mrs VV PI Jay $1, Mrs N Scoggin si, Mrs C M Harrill $1, Miss 
! Sue Whiteside '$1. B M Harrill 50c, John Clement $1, R S Owen 
j $2.50, Miss Mattie E Miller $1, J V Deveny $1. 

The following were appointed as a soliciting committee 
I for the above named purposes : J C Price, J II Smith, Al- 
! bert Jackson. 

Report on State Missions was adopted. 

Appointed corresponding messengers as follows : 

King's Mountain, to be held at Elizabeth, three miles East of 
Shelby — Elders C B. Justice, J. H. Yarboro. 

York— Elder A McMahan, Bro D J. Keeter 

Catawba, held at Glen Alpine — Bros. J. C. Price, A. B. Taylor, 
Elders J. R. Denton, A. Hunt, J. C. Sorrels. 

Broad River — Bro. A. D Brooks. 

Appointed time and place for for the next meeting of 
this body: Place, First Broad; time, Thursday before first 
Sunday in October, 1889. 

On motion discussed query from Cane Creek. 

On motion made the discussion of Orphanage a special- 
ty for 10 a. m. to-morrow. Bro. J. W. Oliver, speaker. 

On motioned adjourned to 9:30 A. M. to-morrow. 

Prayer by Elder J, R. Denton. Benediction by W. F. 
Sorrels. 



Saturday, 9:30, a. m., Oct. 6th, 1888. 
Prayer, led by Rev. Z. I). Harrill. 
Minutes of yesterday read and addopted. 
On motion made the discussion of education the special 
order for 11 a. m., to-day. 

The committee on Orphanage not being ready to report 
Rev. C. B. Justice read the following resolution : 

Besoli'ed, That this Association is in full sympathy with the 
work of the Baptist Orphanage, and take this opportunity of asking 
the brethren and friends to give liberally of their meaus to the sup- 
port of the same. 

Remarks on the same by Rev. C. B. Justice and Bro. 
J. "\V. Oliver and Rev. J. N." S tailings followed by a collec- j 
tioti for the same : 



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J C Frice $1, Biidgewater ; Dr M M Land rum $1, New Prospect; 

SO; JO Sorrels $1, Bridgewater, N C ; O [ Nelson $1, Mills Spring , 
TE Walker $1, Tryon City; W H Logan $1, Ayr; T Page $1 ; 
Poore's Ford ; Mrs M A Davis $1, Holly; W S Walker $1, Dysarts- 
ville; C B Justice $5, Ruth er ford ton ; D W A Cowan $1, Patton 
Home; FT D Harrillll, Forest City ; N J Rotlirfs $1, Rutherfordton ; 
R B Nichols $1, Garden City ; & P Sorrels $1, Gtiha/ S F Allen $1, 
Garnet; J G Laughter oOc/Dimsdale ; Win. Martin $1, Forest City ; 
W C Lovelace 50c. Green Hill ; E Wilson 50c. Butler; J W Lewis 
50c. Darlington ; Hat collection $3.01. 

Report was adopted. 

On motion appointed the following committee to audit 
the Treasurer's report, viz: W. L, Lynch, M. II. Justice, 
T. C. Smith. 

On motion agreed to publish Association Covenant, Con- 
stitution and Rules of Order in Minutes. 

On motion Revs. J. K Stallings, T. Bright, J. II. Yar- 
boro, C. B. Justice, and Bra J. W. Olliver discussed the 
subject of education without a report. 

On motion adjourned one hour. 

Afternoon Session. 

Hymn, "Precious Name." 

Announced preaching at the stand by Revs. G. W. 
Rollins and A. P. Hollifield. 

The following report on periodicals was read by Rev. A. ! 

L. Stough : 

Your committee recognize the power of the press and the im- ! 
portance of circulating religious literature, heartily recommend the j 
"Foreign Missions Journal," ''Gospel Herald,' 7 "Charity and Chil- I 
dren." and the "Biblical Recorder," and earnestly insist that they ! 
should find a place in every Baptist family in the State 

A. L. Htougpi, ) „ ... 

Matt McBhayer, } Committee. 

On motion to adopt, pending adoption, remarks were 
made by Bros. G. W. Harmon and T. Bright. 
The report was then adopted. 

The report on Finance was read by A. P. Sorrels, as 
follows : 

We report $32.25 for Minnies. We recommend the Clerk have 
$9.00 for his services including blank church letters, and that the re- 
| mainder be used for the publication of Minutes. 

L. L. Duck, ] 

Elbert Jackson, \ Committee. 

A. P. JSoiiKELS. J 

On motion adopted the report. 

Bro. O. I. Nelson read the report on Sabbath Schools : 



10 Green Elver Baptist Association. 

REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS 
I This department of christian labor has become very widely extended 
| so much so indeed that few churches are reognized as efficiently 
1 equipped for service which do not establish and sustain Schools. It 
j is indeed encouraging to be able to an nouce the fact that with but J 
! few exceptions, there is a Sunday School in every church in this j 
I body, and that each chinch should regard the Sunday School a part \ 
of its work for Christ. The Sunday School is a great and happy ex- j 
! periment, repeated in a thousand different places, on ten thousand 
| different subjects and by thousands of minds, from the Philosopher j 
\ to the most humble of our race. 

Those who are engaged in this great system of instruction are 
not like some of our day teachers, who pursue from day to day a 1 
heartless task for the love of gain. The Sunday School should' be 
prompted by an ardent desire to see a certain well defined end 
attained, and that end should be the salvation of souls. The chris- | 
tian teacher should inquire for every improvement by which his j 
work may be advanced. This grand institution is not the fruit of j 
one great mind, nor the work of any convocation ; it has grown out 
of the mingled experiment of thousands. It is of more value than 
all the treasures of earth, and we are pursuaded that the efforts of 
christians should be exerted in aid of Sunday Schools in all places 
and at all times, and we would recommeud the Sunday Schools to 
use Baptist literature, published by the American Baptist Publica- 
tion Society, also "Kind Words." 

On motion it was adopted. 

Rev. J. R. Denton read the report on Temperance as ! 
follows : 

Your committee on Temperance beg leave to submit the follow- •! 
ing : By temperance we mean the total abstinence from the use of ] 
intoxicating liquors. We presume that the standing of our churches | 
as to this most excel lent virtue is good. We think every good citizen 
and much more every church member should be a bright example 
of this virtue. Its opposite, intemperance, is such a grievious evil, 
that the cause, that is the liquors which intoxicate, should be utter- 
ly prohibited. To do this it is necessary to hive a law to that effect. 
And since persuasion and argument have failed to accomplish this 
riddance, we think the good people of our State should use their 
ballots to effect this purpose. Respectfully submitted. 

J. R. Denton, Chairman. 
Remarks by Rev. J. R, Denton. 

On motion adopted the report, 

Rev. J. E, Kin^ read the following resolution on For- 
eign Missions: 

Resolved, That this Association is in full sympathy with the 
Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and re- 
commend the churches composing this body to co operate with said 
Board, in all its intentions, aims and efforts to carry out the com- 
mand of Jesus in giving the Gospel to every creature. 

A. h. Grayson, ) ,-. , ... 
J. E. King, j Committee. 



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Pending the motion to adopt, the report was discussed 
by Rev. C. B. Justice and Bro. J. II. Smith, after which it 
was adopted. 

Passed Home Missions without a report. 

Appointed delegates to Baptist State Convention, viz : 
Revs. C. B. Justice, J. II. Yarboro, J. C. Sorrels. To 
Southern Baptist Convention, Rev. C. B. Justice. 

The usual resolutions of thanks to brethren and friends 
for their kind hospitality in entertaining the Association, 
was on motion, adopted. 

On motion the Moderator was asked to appoint com- 
mittees on the various subjects and notify them to prepare 
reports on same for next Association. 

Rev. C. B. Justice read a resolution as follows : 

W hereas there is an erroneous impression on the minds of some 
with reference to the action of this Association in appointing a com- 
mittee to investigate the charges entertained by Cool Springs church 
against Rev. H. D. Harrill. 

Resolved. That the Association hereby declares that no disre- 
spect is intended to be shown to Cool Springs church, nor is any im- 
putation of injustice made against her, nor is any intention enter- 
tained of dictating to the church whose sovereignty is fully recog- 
nized and respected. The true and only intention of this body is 
to investigate those charges in defence to the wishes of the petition- 
ers, a considerable body of said church, in order to ascertain the 
right and truth of the whole matter in the fear of God, for the in 
formation and guidance of the churches composing this Association 
in the future, to enable them to act as the truth of the whole matter 
and the interest of the Lord's cause may require. 

Resolved 2d. That the Cool Springs Church is hereby invited, if 
it meets their wishes, to select ten brethren, outside of the Cool 
Springs Church and congregation, to meet with the council appoint- 
ed by this Association and join in the investigation of the matters 
referred to in the appointment of and council often of this Associa- 
tion. 

The resolution was, on motion, adopted. 

The Association by motion ordered the committee ap- 
pointed to investigate the matter between Cool Springs 
Church and Rev. H. D. Harrill to meet on Thursday before 
the 4th Sunday in November, 1888, at 11 o'clock, a. m. 

On motion ordered that the collection at 11 to-morrow, 
be equally divided between State and Foreign Missions. 

On motion adjourned. 

Closing hymn, k 'My Heavenly Home, &c." 

Prayer, Rev. J. H. Yarboro leading." 

Rev. W. H. LOGAN, Moderator. 
W. F. SORRELS, Clerk. 



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Sunday, 10 a. m., Oct. 7th, 1888. 

Rev. G. W. Harmon not being present the choir sang 
several hymns. 

Rev. J. N". Stallings preached the missionary sermon at 
11 o'clock, a. m., which was followed by a collection of State 
and Foreign Missions amounting to $20.11. 

Sermon at 2 p. m. by Rev. A. L. Stough. 

The committee appointed to revise and prepare a con- 
stitution for the body failed to report, consequently the con- 
stitution does not appear in the Minutes. 
A. L. Grayson, Treasurer. W. F. Sorrels, Clerk. 



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ASSOCIATION COVENANT. 

Artlcle 1. We believe in one only living and true God, and 
that there are three persons in the Godhead— the Father, the Son, 
and the Holy Ghost — and these are one in substance, and equal in 
power and glory. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments 
are the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in man's ina potency to recover himself from the 
fallen state he is in, by his own free will and ability. 

5. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
through the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. 

6. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that they 
never shall finally fall away. 

7. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
instituted by Christ, and that true believers are the only proper sub- 
jects thereof. 

8. We believe immersion is the only Spiritual mode of baptism. 

9. We believe that no person has a right to administer the ordi- 
nances but such as are regularly called and qualified thereto. 

10. We believe in resurrection of the dead, and a general judg- 
ment; that the punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting, and 
the joys of the righteous eternal. 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, 
agreeing to the above Articles of B'aith, do for and in behalf of the 
churches which we represent, covenant and agree, and give ourselves 
up to each other in church and christian fellowship, in order to 
keep up the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace, and to assist 
each other in all' matters of distress, and to pray for each other's 
prosperity. 



RULES OF ORDER. 
Rule 1. Every meeting of business shall be opened and closed 
! with prayer, either by the Moderator or some other brother whom 
he shall appoint. 

2. «Each speaker shall arise and address the Moderator on any 
subject to be discussed. 



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3. No motion shall be debater 1 unless seconded. No member 
shall speak more than twice, twenty minutes each, on the same mo- 
tion without special leave of the Association. 

4. The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by ballot, and con- 
tinue in office until their successors are elected. 

5. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, unless 
otherwise directed. 

6. During the hours of business all private, conversation, walk- 
ing across or out of the house, without permission of the Moderator 
first obtained, shall be deemed a breach of order. 

7. The nanes of members shall be called each day previous to 
proceeding to business. 

8. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing, signed by the 
mover and handed to the moderator or clerk before they are debated. 

9. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received 
but to adjourn, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to lav on the 
table or to amend, which several motions shall have precedence in the 
order in which they are arranged. But no motion or proposition 
on a subject different from that under consideration shall be admit- 
ted under color of amendment. 

10. When a motion ha^ once been made and carried in the 
affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member who 
voted with the majority to move for reconsideration thereof on the 
same day. 

11. When the reading of any paper is called for and objected to 
by any member, it shall be determined bv a vote of the Association. 

12. No member shall absent himself in time of business, unless 
he be sick and unable to attend. 

13 All questions, except such as relate to the Constitution, shall ! 
be decided by a majority vote. 

14. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the foregoing regula- 
tions, he shall be regarded as untrue to his trust, and shall be liable 
to be reminded of his duty by any member present. 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 

To the Green River Association : 

The undersigned Treasurer respectfully reports as follows : 

RECEIVED FOR STATE MISSIONS. 

Big Level $1.10,Beulah $1, Bill's Creek $10, Bethel $5, Bethlehem 
$2,65, Camp Creek $2,Cooper's Gap $5, Chimney Rock $1.48, Dvs.rrs- 
ville $2, First Broad $5, Floyd's Creek 50c, Green River $2, Mt Zion 
$2, Mt. Vernon $1.45, Mountain Creek $4, Montford's Cove $!> 85, 
Old Fort $5.50, Piney Knob $3.55, Pleasant Hill $4.10, Round Hill 
$2.30, Rock Spring $5, Rutherfordton $30.45, Stone Mountain $2, 
Shiloh $4.05, White Oak $5, Collection on Friday $25.10, Collection 
Sunday $10.15, Min. and Dea. meeting $1.78. Total $151.01. 

FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

Big Level $2.35, Bethlehem 85c, Bethel 75c, Bill's Creek $10.55, 
Beulah $1, Columbus $1, Cooper's Gap $3.25. Cool Spring $2.4"), 
Chimney Rock $1.97, Camp Creek $2.05, Green River $4.30; Floyd's 
Creek $2, Mt. Zion U, Mt. Vernon $6 40, Mountain Creek $1.10. "Mt. 
Pleasant $3, Old Fort $3.42, Pleasant Hill $4.10, Round Hill (Yates 
$2.19) $4.8-1, Rock Spring $3.15, Ratherfordton $3J.05, Stone- Moun- 



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tain 1 47, Collection Sunday $10.06, Rev. J. G. Sorrels on pledge $3. 
Total $109.30. 

Yate's Memorial.— Rutherfordton $16, Rutherfordton Bryan 
House $5 

Bible Wofk.— Rutherfordton church $14.50. 

FOR ORPHANAGE. 

Bill's Creek $12, Beiilah 35c, Bethel $6.50, Cooper's Gap $4 27, 
Columbus $1, Greenes Creek $8.00, Mt. Zion $1, Round Hill $3.35, 
Rutherfordton, $55.57, Stone Mountain $1, D. T. McArthur $1, Col- 
lection Saturday $30.91. Total $125.01. 

FOR HOME MISSIONS. 

Columbus $1, Camp Creek $1.40, Floyd's Creek 50c, Green River 
$1, Mt. Vernon 25c, Rutherfordton $18.25, Holly Spring $1.80. 
Total $24.20. 

For Ministerial Education — Rutherfordton $7.25. 
For S. Board. — Rutherfordton $5.25. 

For Sparta Church.— Rutherfordton $5. Grand Total $462 52. 
DISBURSEMENTS. 
By amount to J. H. Mills, Orphanage, 



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Nov. 


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5. 


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9. 


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J. H. Mills, 
Rev. Honeycut, 
J. W. Oliver, 



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J. C. Sorrels, 
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F. H. Briggs, 
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C. C, Bitting, 



$14 22 
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9 00 
18 95 
21 05 
21 20 
37 35 

4 50 

5 00 
57 44 
16 00 
88 70 
14 75 
52 78 
85 58 
14 50 



Total $462 52 

We find upon examination that the disbursements of A. L. 
Grayson, Treasurer Green River Association, amounting to four hun- 
dred and sixty-two dollars and lifty-t wo cents ($462.52) are correct. 
October 10th. 1888. W. L. Lynch, \ All(litinffrom 

Thos. C. Smith, / Au(iltm 8 ^ om - 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

A. L. GRAYSON. Treasurer. 



IF I 1ST A. 1ST G I J± 3L TABLE 



CHURCHES. 


Pastor's 

Salary 


Church 

Expenses. 


1 Baptist 

Orphanage. 


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1 10 
5 00 
5 00 

2 00 
1 00 


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$ 48 30 


$186 00 






$ 50 


^244 80 
7 15 


Big Level 




$ 1 20 


$ 4 30 

10 50 

75 

3 00 

1 00 

2 05 


$"4" 89 


55 
1 30 

] 45 
6 
30 

60 
80 

' '36 

70 

1 20 


Bill's Creek 


44 00 
75 00 
50 00 
25 00 


10 00 

70 00 


$12 00 

6 50 

2 00 

35 


22 80 


Bethel 




158 75 


Bethlehem 




62 54 


Beulah 


19 15 

9 73 


1 40 

1 50 


46 80 


('amp Creek 


1 25 


15 03 


Cane Creek 


35 00 




1 80 


39 10 


Cherry Springs.. 






90 
5 00 

1 00 

2 45 
8 25 


"*60 


90 


Chimney Rock.. 


17 00 

75 00 

100 00 

32 00 

81 58 






5 00 


"Too 


27 90 


Columbus 




1 00 


78 70 


Cool Springs 

Cooper's Gap 

Dvsartsville 


200 00 


3 45 

"2 00 

5 00 
50 

2 00 


307 10 


2 47 






44 51 


45 50 




45 
1 2 ") 
1 15 

65 
1 00 

40 
1 35 


129 53 


First Broad 








6 20 


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50 

1 00 

"i" 80 


2 00 
4 30 

3 00 




4 15 


Green River 

Green's Creek.... 


26 25 

28 55 

'"S i 65 

75 00 

10 00 

100 00 


1 25 

16 01) 

200 00 

350 00 

4 00 






35 45 
48 55 


Holly Springs... 
Mont ford's Cove 




202 20 


11 20 


5 0' 
17 73 




3 00 


370 55 


Mountain Creek 




4 10 


7 79 2 10 


110 72 


Macedonia 










10 0:) 


Mt. Lebanon 


1 35 
111 65 
200 00 






1 60 
4 50 






85 
2 40 
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50 

(55 

70 

1 70 

1 (,0 

2 40 
90 
20 
50 

1 00 
1 25 


102 90 


Mt. Vernon 




6 40 


18 53 
3 00 
1 00 




141 08 
205 00 


Mt. Pleasant 




1 00 

1 00 




Mt. Zion 


30 00 
75 00 

40 00 


2 00 
5 50 

3 55 

4 10 

3 60 

28 00 

5 00 
3 30 

2 00 


2 00 




36 50 


Old Fort 






8! 15 


Piney Knob 

Pleasant Hill.... 


296 00 


2 6:> 


80 

"2 "66 

22 00 


1 27 
4 10 
4 81 
30 00 
3 15 




344 9 2 
9 90 


Round Hill 


85 00 
150 00 
52 25 
22 50 
28 00 
40 00 
100 00 




5 33 

38 00 




101 77 

552 40 

61 30 


Rutherford ton ... 

Rock Spring 

Shiloh 


70 00 


212 00 


35 00 


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6"! 00 


Stone Mountain 




1 45 


3 30 


35 95 


Silver Creek 


45 50 

60 00 




86 50 


White Oak 




5 00 








166 25 










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$137843 


1191113 


$86 25 


$13313 


$41 40 


$12294 


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MINUTES 



—OF THE— 



FORTY-NINTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



Green River Baptist Association, 



HELD WITH THE 



CHURCH AT FIRST BROAD, 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N. C, ' 

October 3d, 4th and 5th, 1889. 



Rev. M. M. LANDRUM, Moderator, Marion, N. C. 

W. F. SORRELS, Clerk New Prospect, S. C. 

A. L. GRAYSON, Treasurer --..Rutherfordton, N. C. 



Shelby, N. C. : 

C. P. ROBERTS, Printer, 

1889. 



1 



MINUTES 



OF THE- 



FORTY-NINTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



u 



reen River Baptist Association, 



HELD WITH THE 



CHURCH AT FIRST BROAD, 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N. C, 

October 3d, 4th and 5th, 1889. 



REV. M. M. LANDRUM, Moderator,- - Marion, N. C. 

W. F. SORRELS, Clerk New Prospect, S. C. , 

A. L, GRAYSON, Treasurer ..Rutherfordton, N. C. ; 



Shelby, N. C. : 

C. P. ROBERTS, Printer, 

1889. 



ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

Bright, T Forest City, N. C 

Case, C. C Name not given 

Denton, J. R Dysartsville, N. C 

Harrill, H. D Forest City, 

Harris, B, B Cuba, 

Hunt, A Gamble's Store, 

jacksou, Elbert Turner, 

justice. C. C : Rutherfordton, 

Justice, T. B 

Jones, A. T Garnett, 

King, J. E Office not given. 

Logan, W. H - Ayr, N. C. 

Mashburn, A. B Nealsville, " 

McMahan, A Garnett, " 

Moffeitt, J. I Stone Mountain, " 

Sorrels, W. F New Prospect, S. C. 

Sorrels, T. C -, Bridgewater, N. C. 

Settlemyre, G. W *__. Old Fort, 

Taylor, E. h Rutherfordton, 

Taylor, J. H Grassy Knob, 

Whiteside, Z. T Uree. 

Yarboro, J. H .- Forest City, 

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LICENTIATES. 

Bridges, Albert Forest City, N. 0. 

Deveney, J. V Shelby, 

Haynes, Eli Mills Springs, 

Harrill, D. B. F Forest City, 

Taylor, J. M . Rutherfordton, 

Taylor, L. G. L. Patton's Home, 



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X$$2^ Next session at Bethel Church, 7 miles south of 
Marion, McDowell county, N. C, Wednesday before the 
fiist Sunday in October, 1890. 



PROCEEDINGS- 

Thursday, October 3d, A. D. 1 
The Green River Association assembled in the meet 
ine honse of the First Broad Baptist Church 15 miles 
northeast of Rutherfordton, N. C, and at 11 o'clock a. m. 
Rev C B. Justice -preached the introductory sermon. 

TeXt praye r?ledbyDr. M. M. Landrum Adjourned one 
hour. Benediction by Elder H. D. Harrill. 
AFTERNOON SESSION. 
Hymn, "Jesus, lover of my soul," &c. 
Sn motion of Elder C. B. Justice, Rev. 1 M Lan- 
drum was appointed Moderator pro tern., who called the 
Edition to order, W. F. Sorrels actmg as Secretary 
Brethren A. L- Grayson and A. F. Morgan were ap- 
i uointed to act as Reading Clerks. _ 

i P The churches composing this Association were called, 
i letters read, and messengers' names enrolled, as follows. 

FIRST DISTRICT. 

1. Beulah— Joshua Pitman. 

2. Big Level— -N. T. Mills. 
■t Bill's Creek— Letter. 
a. Chimney Rock— Sot represented 



Gibb ^ S ' Creen River-W. T. McGinnice, T. P. Covington. 

12. Silver Creek-K. Arledge. Wfl1ker 

13 White Oak—Jzs. A. Thorn, J. E. Walker. 

SKCOND DISTRICT. 

1 Bethel-]. W. Grayson, R. P. Morris 



2. 



Bethlehem— letter. , . 

Bridgewater-y C. Price, P. P. Price. 



Bridgewater—y JJ. J: ' nc f'^' T r, T Xi ^* s Tame s A, Clement. 
Cafff^ Cr^-B. Biggerstaff J. L. Ba^es, jameb 



t C^C^*-£w2J&7j. R. Walker. 

6. Catawba— 'Hi.. A. Harvey. 

7 CAarry Springs— Not represented. 

8. Ctear Cra?£— C. P. Rader. 



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Green River Baptist Association. 



9. Dysartsville—J. D. Taylor, W. S. Walker, W. H. Taylor, J. D. 
Hogan, J. R. Denton. 

10. Hall Town — Letter. 

11. Harmony Grove — J. C. Sorrels. 

12. Macedonia — Letter. 

13. Marion — iVL M. Landrum. 

14. Montford's Cove — Wm. Wilkerson, Elijah Wilkerson. 

15. Old Fort — M. G. Pendergrass, John Silver. 

16. Piney Knob— A W Green, J T Bland. 

17. Pleasant Grove — W N Spangler, A F Morgan. 
" Pound Hill—W F Sorrels, L L Deck. 

Stone Mountain — J W Murphy. 
Turkey Cove — T P Quinn. 
Zion Hill— L O Wall, Z Wall. 



18. 
19. 
20. 
21. 



THIRD DISTRICT. 
-J H Yarboro, T Bright 



J W Davis, J B Blanton, 
W G Grayson, J C Fortune, 



1. Cool Springs 
Mat McBrayer. 

2. First Broad— & Hunt, D L Milton 
J L Gamble, M G Crow. 

3. Floyd's Creek — M L Edwards, M E Dyre. 

4. Holly Springs — W R Stedman. 

5. Ml. Lebanon— T F Thomas, L Purgason, P D Fortune. 

6. Ml. Pleasant- -Not represented. 

7. Mt. Vernon— -M L Wilson, R P Geer, N J Rollins, Z B V Free- 
man, R G Freeman. 

8. Mt. Zion — J B Price, John L. Lattimore. 

9. Putherfordton — C B Justice, A % Grayson, H D Harrill. 

10. ShU&fr-A T Jones, Nathan Scoggin, A D Brooks, J L Davis. 

Invitation was given to newly constituted churches 
and churches holding letters of dismission from other asso- 
ciations, to join this body. 

Received Pleasant Grove, a newly constituted church, 
and Harmony Grove, from Catawba River Association, by 
letter. 

Went into an election of officers, which resulted in 
the choice of M. M. L,andrum as Moderator and W. F. 
Sorrels as Clerk. 

On motion, adopted a permanent order of business, 
which is found with the other regulations at the close of 
these minutes. 

On motion, agreed to meet at 9 a. 111., adjourn at 12; 
meet at 1 p. m. and adjourn at pleasure each day. 

Messengers and representatives were invited to seats 
and enrolled as follows. 

King's Mountain— Z D Harrill, E J Bridges, B W Toney, A P Hol- 
lifield. 

J E McManawa)' representing Home Missions, C B Justice repre- 
senting State Missions, Foreign Missions and Biblical Pecorder; J H 
Yarboro representing Baptist Orphanage. 



Green River Baptist Association* 5 

Committees announced as follows: 

Religious Exercises : Pastor and Deacons of First Broad Church, 
J C Price, A F Morgan and N B Hampton. 

Finance : A L Grayson, H D Harrill and J G Laughter. 

State of Religion : T Bright, H Portrum, A T Jones. 

Home Missions : JE McManaway, J W Grayson and J W Davis. 

State Missions : ( ' B Justice, J C Price and G W Settlemyer. 

Foreign Missions .■ JH Yarboro, M L, Wilson and Wm H Taylor. 

On motion, made the report of State Missions a spe- 
cialty for 10 o'clock a. m. to-morrow. 

On motion adjourned to 9 a. m. to-morrow. 
Praver by T. Bright. 

O 

Friday, October 4th, 9 o'clock A. m. 
L,esson 133d Psalm. Hymn, "Jesus, lover of my 
soul, ' ' &c. Prayer, led by J E McManaway. 
Read and adopted minutes of yesterday. 
Announced committees as follows: 

Sabbath Schools : Mat McBrayer, L L Deck, Nathan Scoggin. 

Temperance : JR Denton, A W Green, B Biggerstaff. 

Education : Linsey Purgason. R O Ledbetter, J A Thorn. 

Orphanage : J C Sorrels, R P Hollifield, M D Hill. 

Deceased Ministers : JH Yarboro, N J Rollins, R P Geer. 

Nominations of Delegates to Southern Baptist and State Conven- 
tions : J Iv Barnes, A D Brooks, J B Blanton. 

Nominations of Associational Mission Board : H D Harrill, P P 
Price, N B Hampton, J L Gamble, R P Morris. 

On motion, suspended order of business, and J . K. 
McManaway read the following report on Home Missions: 
REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 
The work of the Home Board is pushing steadily on, doing a grand 
work for our people and our country. Its work is to go into destitute 
sections and carry the "good news" to those who are not able to have 
it brought to them. It is now doing work in fourteen States, Indian 
Territory and Cuba. Its number of missionaries employed this year is 
328, an increase of 45 over last year. The total increase of members has 
been 8,402 ; number of churches organized 328 ; new houses built 58 ; 
number of Sunday Schools organized 343, in which there are 10,170 
teachers and pupils. 

In Cuba the work is progressing rapidly, and a number of souls are 
turning to Christ to seek eternal life. Brethren, help us in this glorious 
work. J. E, McManaway, 

J. W. Grayson, 
J. W. Davis. 

Pending the motion to adopt, J. K. McManaway ad- 
dressed the body on this subject, and appointed agents to 
work in their churches for Home Missions as follows: 

Cooper's Gap, H H Gibbs and Miss Bettie Gibbs, Dimsdale post- 
office ; Big Level, S J Cowart, Poplar Grove ; Bill's Creek, J F Logan, 



6 Green River Baptist Association. 



Ayr ; Rock Spring-, Miss S Whiteside, Poplar Grove ; Mountain Creek, 
M B Flack, Cuba ; Silver Creek, Mrs Dorah Arledge, Mills' SpringJ; 
Columbus, N B Hampton, Columbus ; White Oak, J A Thorn, Mills' 
Spring ; Pleasant Hill, R A Callahan, Rutherfordton. 

Green River, T C Page, Poore's Ford post-office; Cherry Spring, 
P C Harmon, Old Fort ; Zion Hill, Wm Wall, Marion ; Bethlehem, T C 
Hawkins, Old Fort ; Bethel, Miss Lou Morris, Marion ; Dysartsville, 
Miss S C Denton, Dysartsville ; Montford's Cove, Duffey Hemphill, 
Otter Creek ; Piney Knob, J B Elliott, Cuba ; Camp Creek, J L Barnes, 
Trio ; Cane Creek, D W A Cowan, Patton's Home ; Round Hill, Miss L 
Nanney, Cuba ; Old Fort, Miss Ida Crawford, Old Fort ; Marion, Mrs 
Josephine Blanton, Marion ; Ml. Vernon, R P Geer, Brittain ; Ruther- 
fordton, DrWLLynch, Rutherfordton; Shiloh, A D Brooks, Ruther- 
fordton ; Holly Springs, J A Henson, Island Ford ; Ml. Zion, Julius 
Price, Holly Bush ; Ml. Pleasant, D T McArthur, Island Ford ; Floyd's 
Creek, J C Padgett, Ferry ; Cool Springs, J B Blanton, Forest City ; Mt. 
Lebanon, T F Toms, Oak Springs ; First Broad, J M Melton, Gamble's 
Store ; Stone Mountain, A W Morgan, Stone Mountain ; Chimney Rock, 
Mrs L V Freeman, Chimney Rock ; Turkey Cove, Aletha Hollifield, 
Mica ; Hall Town, Emma Hall, Marion ; Pleasant Grove, J T Lewis, 
Green Hill ; Clear Creek, A Silvers, Garden City ; Catawba, M A Har- 
vey, Old Fort • Harmony Grove, Miss Ada Jannison, Rocky Pass ; 
Bridgewater, C J Balew, Bridgewater ; Green' s Creek, Miss Laura Fig- 
gins, White Oak Hall. 

Report was then on motion adopted. 
On motion, assembled at the stand and heard a report 
on State Missions read by C. B. Justice, as follows : 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

Of all our religious enterprises there are those that equal, but, per- 
haps, none that surpass in importance the work being done in State 
Missions ; i. e., preaching the Gospel in the destitute sections and local-' 
ities of North ( 'arolina by the Mission Board of our Baptist State < Conven- 
tion. This Board has now under appointment more than 80 consecrated 
men, whose labors God is abundantly blessing in the conversion of souls 
and upbuilding" of churches from which, in a few years, will go out men 
and women, and many that will contribute to the promotion of every 
good word and work, and constitute a power, under God, that will be 
felt and recognized all over the earth. 

The Board is now pressed for means, and we therefore recommend 
that steps be taken by this body to aid in meeting the expenses of the 
present year, and providing for those of the succeeding year. 

C. B. Justice, 

G. W. Settlemyre, 

J. Price. 

Remarks by M. M. Landrum, J. C. Sorrels, G. W. 
Settlemyre, H. D. Harrill and C. B. Justice. 

I On motion, extended time 15 minutes and took 

pledges as follows for State Missions, viz: 

Bridge Water $10; Big Level $2; Bethel $5; Bethlehem $57 Ben I ah 
$[; Camp Creek $4; Cane Creek $2; Columbus $4; Cool Springs $5; Coop- 
er's Gap $5; Clear Creek $1; Catawba $1; Dysartsville $5; First Broad 
Ss/- Floyd's Creek $2.50; Green River $j; Green's Creek $4; Holly Springs 



Green River Baptist Association* 7 



$i ■ Marion $10; Montford's Cove $2; Mountain Creek $10; Mt. Lebanon 
$2- Mt. Vernon $10; Mt. Zion $3; Old Fort $5; Piney Knob $2; Pleasant 
Hill $5; Round Hill $5; Rutherfordton $30; Rock Spring $4; Shiloh$ 5 ; 
Stone Mountain $2; N Arledge $1; White Oak $5; Zion Hill $1; J. C. 
Sorrels to raise on his field $10; Pleasant Grove $2. 

On motion, adopted report. 

Collected for G. W. Settlemyre #14. Adjourned one 
hour . 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Prayer by J. H. Yarboro. 

G. W. Rollins was invited to a seat as a correspond- I 
ing messenger from King's Mountain Association. 

Called and corrected the roll. 

C. B. Justice read a Constitution for this body which, 
on motion, was adopted, and is published in this copy of 
minutes. 

J. R. Denton read a report on temperance, which was 
recommitted. After a motion of J. R. Denton, to do away 
with reports on temperance for lack of information, was 

lost. 

On motion, made special orders for to-morrow as fol- 
lows: Foreign missions \o% a. m. ; Orphanage 1 p. m. 

On motion, ordered histories of two of the oldest 
churches, whose date appears in the minutes, written, viz : 

Mountain Creek— A. L. Rucker, Historian. 
White Oak- J. A. Thorn, Historian. 

Report on State of Religion was read by T. Bright, 
as follows: 

REPORT ON STATE OF RELIGION. 
Yonr committee on the spiritual condition of the churches compo- 
sing this Association, beg leave to say that from the information we have 
been able to gather from the reading of church letters, talks with the 
brethren &c , that the spiritual condition of the churches is as good or 
better than usual. Quite a number of our churches report glorious revi- 
vals during the past year. . * . 

We are of the opinion that our churches are more united in Mission 
work. We are further of opinion that the spirit which hasin a measure 
prevailed among our churches, causing division and confusion in the call 
of pastors, is on the decline, and that this within itself has done good in 
bringing about a better state of religion in the churches. 

& * T Bright, 

H Portrum, 
A T Jones. 

Pending the motion to adopt, remarks were made by 
T. Bright, J. PL Yarboro, N. J. Rollins, C. B. Justice, G. 
W. Rollins, H. D. Harrill. Adopted. 



8 Green River Baptist Jlssoeiation. 

On motion, agreed to hold the next Association at 
I>ethel Clnireh, 7 miles south of Marion, N. C, on Wed- 
nesday before the 1st Sunday in October, 1890 

A committee consisting of A. T. Jones, John Silvers 
and B. Liggerstaff was appointed to nominate ministers to 
preach to-morrow and introductory and mission sermon 
next year. 

A motion was made to grant a letter of dismission to 
Cool Spring church. Pending the motion the Association 
adjourned to 9 a. m. to-morrow. 

Prayer by G. W. Settlemyre. 



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Saturday, October 5 th, 9 o'clock a. m. 
JUsson, 1st Cor., 13th chap. Prayer, led by Z. D 

Harnll. Hymn, -Alas and did my Saviour bleed » &c* 
On motion, adopted the minutes of yesterday ' 
On motion, granted a letter of dismission 'to Cool 

Springs church. 

A. I,, Grayson read the following report on Finance, 

We report forty dollars and five cents contributed by the churches 
We recommend that the Clerk have ten dollars for his s^rviLf inclu 
ding blank letters for the churches,) and that the balance be St, ed to 
printing Minutes. Respectfully submitted. oa "*nce oe applied to 

A L Grayson, ) 

H D Harrill, \ Com 

J G Laughter, } 

On motion, it was adopted. 

U Pnrgason read the report on Education, as follows: 

We, your committee on Education, lament that school facilities o- en - 

Our X%«M S 8 °u d m T C ° Untry nOW aS th ^ have be en in the p & ast. 
Our school system has undergone some changes in the last year or two 

n^ haS CaUSed ^ great drawback & the education of thenfasses ofThe 
people composing this country. 

We recommend the patronage of Wake Forest College by our voune 
men who are striving for an education preparatory forth? minfstr/ tS? 
in our judgment, being the best school in the State. While we recom 
mend Wake Forest College, we are mindful of Judson College of HeT 
dersonville which is a good school, and is doing a good work We la' 

pa'sf beenin'f' 1 ** Shelby ^*£ CollegeLi8 & not, Tr sometime 
past, been ma very prosperous condition. We hope that in the near 
future it will become a prosperous and growing school. 
Respectfully submitted. 

L Purgason, ] 

J A Thorn, [ Committee, i 

R Ledbetter, J 



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On motion to adopt, pending adoption, the report was 
spoken to by Mat McBrayer, M. M. Landrnm, C. B. Jus- 
tice, W. F. Sorrels and J. R. Denton. 

A collection was taken for ministerial education 
amounting to $7.50. 

On motion, report was adopted, after suspending dis- 
cussion for Foreign missions. 

Pledges were made for ministerial education as follows: 

Bridge Water $3; Big Level $1 ; Bethel $1; Camp Creek $/; Cool 
Springs $2 30; Mountain Creek $2; Rutherfordion 07. 

Announced preachihg at stand by H. D. Harrill. 
J. H. Yarboro read the following report on Foreign 
missions, viz: 

Your Committee on Foreign Missions submit the following : While 
we most heartily acquiesce in, and favor, all the objects fostered by our 
denomination, and recommend a liberal aid to all our boards, we espe- 
cially favor and recommend that an earnest and faithful effort be made 
during the year to raise $500 for Foreign Missions. Bro G P Bostick has 
gone Irom our midst and is now in northern China, preaching the Gos- 
pel. Our contributions to Foreign Missions heretofore have not been in 
proportion to our blessings, nor our ability ; we therefore should not fail 
to join heartily with our sister, the King's Mountain, in contributing at 
least an amount sufficient to cover the salary of Bro. Bostick. In doing 
this, dear brethren, We are just simply obeying a Scriptural command . 
Respectfully submitted. 

J H Yarboro, ) 

M L Wilson, > Committee. 

Wm H Taylor, j 

On motion to adopt, C. B. Justice delivered a lecture 
on the subject, and took pledges to pay G. P. Bostick' s 
salary as follows: 

Bridge Water $3; Big Levil $3; BilVs Creek $20; Bethel $10; Beii- 
lah $2; Camp Creek $3; Cane Creek $2; Columbus. $20; Cool Springs $23; 
Cooper's Gap $10; Clear Creek $2.30; Catawba $2; Dysartsville $13; 
First Broad $10; Floyd's Creek. $10; Green River $10; Green's Creek 
$10; Holly Springs Delegate $1; Marion $23; . Montford's Cove $20; 
Mountain Creek $30; H Portrum $3; Mount Lebanon $3; Mt. Zion $3; 
Old Fort $3; Piney Knob $3; Pleasant Hill $10; Rutherfordton $73; 
Rock Spring $3; Shiloh $10; Silver Creek $3; White Oak $10; Zion .Hill 
$2.30; Pleasant Grove $4. 18; J. W. Davis $/; J. C. Sorrels to raise on 
Mission field $10. . , 

C. B.Justiee, J. C. Price and J. A. Rucker were ap- 
pointed to try to increase the pledges to $500.00, which 
the committee reported was done. 

Report adopted by motion. 

Adjourned to 1 o'clock p. m. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Hymn, "Jesus, lover of my soul, " &c. 



The report on Baptist Orphanage was read by J. H. 
Yarboro as follows: 

There are now more than ioo orphan children in the Orphanage at 
Thomasville who, in their privations, are looking to us for sympathy 
and help. These children God has deprived of their natural protection 
and given them into the care of His disciples to be fed and clothed. 
There is now in process of erection in connection with the Orphanage a 
nursery for the protection and care of younger children than have here- 
tofore been received into the Orphanage. Every church, every Baptist, 
every lover of Jesus, and every one who sympathizes with the helpless 
and dependant, are appealed to and asked to give of their means to the 
support of this institution that is dependant on the voluntary contribu- 
tions of the friends of the fatherless. We would call attention to the 
fact, that for every dollar paid by any one individual entitles him to the 
weekly visits of "Charity and Children," one of the best papers of the 
sort known to your committee. Respectfully submitted. 

J. ('. Sorrels. 

Remarks by J. H. Yarboro, and subscription and col- 
lection amounting to $24. Then, on motion, adopted the 
report. 

The committee to secure pledges for Bro. Bostick re- 
ported the following to be raised: 

T Bright $10; H D Harrill $5; MM Landrum $10; A T Jones 
$5; J C Sorrels $5; G W Settlemyre $5; C B Justice the remainder of 
$500.00. 

The following report was read by N. B. Hampton: 

Your committee on Board of Missions and Sunday-schools in this 
Association beg leave to nominate C B Justice as Chairman of Board; 
A L Grayson, N E Walker, T C Smith, H D Harrill, W A Glover, J M 
Toms, W B Wilson ; and church representatives as follows : 

Bridge Water, J C Price; Big Level, S J Cowart; Bill's Creek, 
J W Thompson; Bethel, J D Morris; Bethlehem, A W Gillom; Beulah, 
Joshua Pittman; Camp Creek, B Biggerstaff; Cane Creek, D W A 
Cowan; Cherry Springs, IV J Gilbert; Chimney Rock, Wm Henderson; 
Columbus, Gray B Hampton; Cool Springs, M H Flack; Cooper's Gap,- 
J G Laughter; Clear Creek, C PRader; Catawba, M E Harvey; Dysarts- 
ville; W H Taylor, First Broad; Webb Hunt, Floyd's Creek; A B Wo- 
mac; Green River, T CPage; Green's Creek, G C Collins; Harmony 
Grove, A E Rowe; Hall Town, G W Lackey; Holly Springs, J G Sny- 
der; Marion, Wm Blanton; Montford's Cove, John Wilkerson; Moun- 
tain Creek, John Edwards; Macedonia, J M Watkins; Ml. Lebanon, 
D Fortune; Mt. Pleasdnt, J T Gof or th; Ml. Vernon, N J Rollins; Ml. 
Zion, John Lattimore; Old Fort, Ransom Moore; Piney Knob, A W 
Green; Pleasant Hill, M D Hill; Round Hill, L L Deck; Rock Spring, 
Richard Ledbetter; Shiloh, B M Hamrick; Stone Mountain, SB Grant; 
Silver Creek, J PAr ledge; White Oak, J P Ar ledge; Zion Hill, Z Wall; 
Turkey Cove, Z PQuinn; Pleasant Grove, A F Morgan. 

Signed by the committee, as follows : H D Harrill, N B Hampton, 
R P Morris, J h Gamble, P P Price.; 

Report adopted. 



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The report on nominations read as follows: 

Your committee on Delegation recommend the appointment of C B 
Justice, J H Yarboro, J C Sorrels, M M Landrum, T Bright and H Por- 
trum as delegates to the State Convention, to be held at Henderson on 
the 13th ot November, 1889 ; and M M L,andrum as delegate to Southern 
Baptist Convention, T Bright, alternate. 

J L. Barnes, \ 

A D Brooks, \ Committee. 

J B Blanton, ) 

The report was adopted. 

A motion was made to meet on Thursday next year 
in place of Wednesday, which was lost. 

On motion, agreed to hold np publication of Minutes 
and give J. H. Yarboro time to report on deceased minis- 
ters. 

In the absence of Mat McBrayer, T. Bright read the 
report on Sunday-schools, as follows: 

If we are not mistaken, 26 of our churches report Sunday-schools. 
In these schools there are 149 teachers and officers and 1,112 scholars. 
Some of the schools are kept open 12 months in the year. Most, if not 
all, use the Sunday-school literature sent out by the Baptist publication 
society. This is an important part of our work, and should not be neg- 
lected, because in this work we get near the hearts of our people. 

T Bright. 
Report adopted. 

Appointed corresponding messengers as follows: 
King's Mountain— H D Harrill, C B Justice, T C Page, J B Blanton, 
P P Price, T Bright, J H Yarboro, M M Landrum, W F Sorrels. 
Catawba — J C Sorrels- 

On motion, appropriated the collection of to-morrow 
to Foreign missions, to pay Bostick's salary. 

J. S. Canady, W. L. Lynch and M. H. Justice were 
appointed to audit the Treasurer's report, and M. M. Lan- 
drum and J. C. Sorrels were appointed to examine the 
manuscript before going to press. 

Query from Cool Springs : What rights have members holding let- 
ters of dismission ? 

On motion, after discussion, answered ; 

The same as unlettered members. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are hereby tendered to the 
brethren and friends here for their kind hospitality during this session . 

Adopted. 

A. T. Jones read the following report : 

We, your committee, recommend that T. Bright preach at 10 A. M. 
to-morrow; M. M.;Landrmn missionary sermon at 11 A. M. to-morrow, 
and G. W. Rollins at 1 P. M. to-morrow, and that J. H. Yarboro preach 
the introductory next year, and T. Bright his alternate ; and that C B. 



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Justice preach the missionary sermon, H. D. Harrill his alternate. 
Respectfully submitted. 

A. T. Jones, \ 

B. Biggerstaff, j- Committee. 
John Silvers, ) 

On motion, the report was adopted and the appoint- 
ments made. 

On motion adjourned, after singing, "When I can 
read my titles clear," &c., hand shaking and prayer, led 
by T. Bright. 

Dr. M. M. LANDRU.VT, Moderator. 

W. F. Sorrels, Clerk. 

COMMITTEE'S REPORT. 
We find the manuscript as arranged by the Clerk to be correct and 
complete. 

M. M. Landrum, 1 n 

J. C. Sorrels, J Committee. 



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Sunday, October 6, io o'clock A. tyL 
Sermon by T. Bright. Text, Rom. 12:5-6. 11 
A. M. missionary sermon by M. M. Landrum. Text, 
Isaiah 53:11, and Mat. 26:38. A collection was taken for 
Foreign missions, which amounted to $20.00. 

1 P. M., sermon by G. W: Rollins. Text, Eph. 6:13. 



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Constitution of the Green River Baptist Associ- 
ation. 

This Association shall be known as the Green River Baptist Associ- 
ation, and shall be composed of Baptist churches whose articles of faith 
and constitutions are in harmony with those of the Association. 

Each church shall be allowed a representation of two delegates, in 
addition to their regular ordained ministers, and every church of over 
fifty members shall be allowed one additional delegate for every fifty 
additional members. 

The primary objects of the Association shall be to encourage and 
support Wake Forest College ; to educate young men called of God to 
the ministry and approved by the churches to which they belong ; to en- 
courage education among the people of the State ; to support the Gos- 
pel in the destitute portions of the State and of the Southern Baptist 
Convention ; to send the Gospel to the nations that have it not ; to en- 
courage the distribution and study of the Bible and a sound religious lit- 
erature ; to assist Baptist churches in the erection of houses of worship ; 
to encourage the proper care of indigent orphan children and destitute 
and aged ministers of the Gospel ; to encourage the organization and 
support of Baptist Sunday-schools, and to co-operate with the Baptist 
State*Convention in all its departments of labour. 



Green River Baptist Association* 13 

This Association shall meet annually on Wednedsay before the first 
Sabbath in October. 

The officers of the Assoctation shall be a Moderator, Clerk and 
Treasurer, who shall be elected by the Association and continue in office 
until their successors are elected. 

The Moderator shall preside or fill the chair, by calling some mem- 
ber of the body thereto, and enforce order in accordance with M ell's' 
Parliamentary Practice. 

The clerk shall record the proceedings, conduct the correspondence 
and publish and distribute the Minutes. 

The Treasurer shall receive all funds contributed by the churches 
or individuals to the objects of the Association, receipting the contribu- 
tors for the same and forward all contributions to their proper destina- 
tion, and make a full report of all receipts and disbursements to the As- 
sociation at its annual sessions, and on retiring from his office turn over 
to his successor all monies, papers and books belonging thereto. 

There shall be appointed by the Association at each session a Board 
of Missions and Sunday-schools, consisting of one member from each 
church belonging to the Association and seven other brethren living in 
Rutherfordton or its immediate vicinity, five of whom shall constitute a 
quorum, which during the intervals between the meetings of the Associ- 
ation, shall have charge of the various interests and objects fostered by 
the Association, and shall encourage the churches to give liberally 
thereto ; and shall make a full report of its work, including such sug- 
gestions relative thereto as it may think advisable, to the Association at 
its annual sessions: 

The President, or in case of his death or disqualification, any three 
members of the Board may call a meeting thereof. 

This Constitution may be changed or amended at.any annual session 
by two-thirds of the representatives present voting in the affirmative. 

C. B. Justice. 



Association Covenant. 

Article i. We believe in one only living and true God, and that 
there are three persons in the Got. head — the Father, the Son, and the 
Holy Ghost — and these are one in substance, and equal in power and 
glory. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the 
word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in man's impotency to recover himself from the fallen 
state he is in, by his own free will and ability. 

5. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
through the imputed righteousness oi Jesus Christ. 

6. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that they nev- 
er shall anally fall away. 

7. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
instituted by Christ, and that true believers are the only proper subjects 
thereof. 

8. We believe immersion is the only Spiritual mode of baptism. 

9. We believe that no person has a right to administer the ordi- 
nances but such as are regularly called and qualified thereto. 

10. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and a general judg- 
ment ; that the punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting, and the 
joys of the righteous eternal. 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, agree- 



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ing to the above Articles of Faith, do for and in behalf of the churches 
which we represent, covenant and agree, and give ourselves up to each 
other in church and christian fellowship, in order to keep up the unity 
of the spirit in the bonds of peace, and to assist each other in all matters 
of distress, and to pray for each other's prosperity. 



Rules of Order. 

RuivB i. Every meeting of business shall be opened and closed with j 
prayer, either by the Moderator or some other brother whom he shall j 
appoint. 

2. Each speaker shall arise and address the Moderator on any sub- j 
ject to be discussed. 

3. No motion shall be debated unless seconded. No member shall j 
speak more than twice, twenty minutes each, on the same motion with- j 
out special leave of the Association. 

4. The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by ballot, and continue i 
in office until their successors are elected. 

5. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, unless other- ; 
wise directed. 

6. During the hours of business all private conversation, walking j 
across or out of the house, without permission of the Moderator first ob- J 
tained, shall be deemed a breach of order. 

7. The names of members shall be called each day previous to pro- 
ceeding to business. 

8. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing, signed by the mover \ 
and handed to the moderator or clerk before they are debated. 

9. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received but j 
to adjourn, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to lay on the table or to j 
amend, which several motions shall have precedence in the order in J 
which they are arranged. But no motion or proposition on a subject \ 
different from that under consideration shall be admitted under color of ; 
amendment. j 

10. When a motion has once been made and carried in the affirma- i 
tive or negative, it shqjl be in order for any member who voted with the 
majority to move for reconsideration thereof on the same day. 

it. When the reading of any paper is called for and objected to by 
any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the Association. 

12. No member shall absent himself in time of business, unless he 
be sick and unable to attend. . 

13. All questions, except such as relate to the Constitution, shall be 
decided by a majority vote. 

14. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the foregoing regulations, 
he shall be regarded as untrue to his trust, and shall be liable to be re- 
minded of his duty by any member present. 



Order of Business of Green liiver Association. 

1st, Fix time of meeting and adjourning. 

2nd, Call for messengers present without letters from their churches. 

3rd, (all for application for membership in this body. 

4th, Appoint committees on Preaching and Finance. 

5th, Recognize, in their official capacity, any present who may rep- 
resent general denominational interests. 

6th, Call for correspondents, renewing the call at the opening of 
each morning session. 

7th, Invite ministers of our denomination to seats with us, renewing 
the call at the opening of each morning session. 



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8th, Appoint committees on State of Religion, State, Home and 
Foreign Missions, Sabbath Schools, Temperance, Education, Orphan- 
age, Deceased Ministers, Nominations in State and Southern Conven- 
tions, urging reports soon as possible. 

9th, Miscellaneous business. 

ioth, Appoint a brother of the church to which he belongs, begin- 
ning with oldest church, to write a historical sketch of same. 

nth, Give an opportunity to present the claims of Foreign, Home 
and State Missions, and Orphanage, with any other general interest sup- 
ported by this body. 

1 2th, Fix time and place of next meeting, and appoint the introduc- 
tory preacher and alternate ; also the minister to preach the missionary 
sermon. 

13th, Arrange general (or union) meetings. 

14th, Appoint correspondents to other bodies. 

15th, Call for reports of committees. 

1 6th, Elect delegates to State and Southern Baptist Conventions. 

17th, Elect Executive Board, provided for in Constitution. 

18th, Arrange for printing, distributing Minutes and paying Clerk. 

19th, Adjourn sine die. 



REPORT ON OBITUARIES. 

Your committee on Obituaries report as follows: Since our last ses- 
sion one of our ministers has fallen by the way, Elder L,. McCurry, who 
was one of our oldest and one among our ablest ministers, was called 
home to his reward on August 25th, 1889. He was born April, t8oi, and 
at the age of about 28 or perhaps 30 years he joined the Baptist church 
at Zion, in Cleveland county, N. C, and on the 23d of May, 1840, he was 
licensed to preach the Gospel at the head of First Broad, and in the 
same church (Head of First Broad) he was ordained to the full work of 
the Gospel ministry on the 27th day of August, 1842. Thus we see he 
spent about half a century in preaching the Gospel of Christ He was 
certainly one of those sound orthodox preachers, but he has now finish- 
ed his course and the ministry, which he received of the Lord Jesus, and 
knows the blessedness of those who die in the Lord. We say this from 
full convictions, produced by an intimate acquaintance with him for a 
number of years. It can therefore be no presumption in us to say that 
we knew the man, and knew him to be an honest, humble, upright man ; 
fearless of men, and independent in his actions, but cautious and pru- 
dent. His habits of life were very correct, and his moral deportment 
such as a good man's should be. His talents and preaching abilities 
were quite respectable. He was a close student, and bestowed much 
labor on his preparations for the pulpit. His piety was ardent, consist- 
ent and practical. It did not die away in sickly sentiments, nor did it 
evaporate in idle speculations ; neither was it smothered by selfishness, 
nor marred by want of charity, but as it came from Christ, so it drew 
him to Christ, and animated him to do all for Christ in the extension 
and upbuilding of His kingdom. In fact, his christian character always 
stood high. We never knew any one who doubted his piety, whatever 
else they may have doubted. His ministerial deportment was highly 
consistent, and without reproach. His doctrinal sentiments accorded 
perfectly with the standards of our church, or rather with the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ. He had no fellowship for evil doers, but firmly believing 
the Truth, he labored for it, and labored faithfully unto death, to bring 
others to believe and live upon it also. He sincerely loved all who loved 



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the Savior, so far as that image could be seen in them. He called no 
man master but Christ. He bowed to no usurped authority or suprem- 
acy, but in adoration and obedience he showed his submission to the su- 
premacy of the Son of God. He claimed christian liberty of conscience 
and opinion, believing that a surrender of these would have been treason 
against heaven, and a breach of covenant with all those whom the Son 
makes free indeed. He was diligent, punctual, persevering and full of 
prayer, in the performance of his ministerial functions. Few men have 
lived closer to a throne of God's grace than did our brother, who is now 
at God's throne in glory, but his devotions were simples, retiring — not 
to be seen of men, but to be heard of God. There w T ere in him no pa- 
rade, no swellings of pomposity, no studied show, no exhibit to produce 
effect on men, but to touch their heart. His ministry was in itself a pos- 
itively successful ministry, and, when compared with others, it was ex- 
ceedingly so ; and now he rests from his labors, and his works do follow 
him. All of which is respectfully submitted. 

j. H. Yarboro, 



N. J. Rollins, \ Committee. 
R. P. Geer, 



Treasurer's Report. 

The following is a statement of receipts and disbursements for the 
year ending October 6th, 1889 : 

RECEIVED FOR STATE MISSIONS. 

Rutherfordton church #19.55 ; Pleasant Hill .70; Mountain Creek 
#6.20; White Oak #5; Rock Springs #5; Bethel 1.80; Piney Knob 2.50; 
Mount Vernon #5; Montford's Cove #5; Clear Creek #1; Big Level #2; 
Beulah #1.10; Stone Mountain #2; Mt. Zion #1.30; Round Hill #5; ( 'ane 
Creek #2; Bethlehem #1 ; Ministers' and Deacons' meeting at Bethel #3.24- 
Camp Creek #2; < 'olumbus #4.15; Cool Spring #4.50; Cooper's Gap #5; 
Dysartsville #2.65; Floyd's Creek #2 50 ; Green River $2; Green's Creek 
#3; Old Fort #2; Shiloh #3.70; Bill's Creek- $7; First Broad #5; Mrs. Eliza 
Grayson $1; Mr Ruppe $2. Total, #118.39. 

Pledges for Rev J C Sorrels, missions : 

J M Abrams #1; A D Brooks #1; Mrs H J Callahan $1; John Clement 
#1; J V Devinny .75; A L Grayson #5; R P Qeer $5; G B Hampton 2.50; 
C M Harrill $1; Rev C B Justice #20; Rev A T Jones 1.50; Mrs W H Jay 
25; D J Keeter 3.00; B M Hamrick 25; Mrs E A Justice $1; M H Justice 
$1; Mrs Harriet Justice 50; Miss Mattie Miller #1; J H Smith $5; Mrs N 
Scoggin $1; Vance Scoggin .25 ; T C Page $5; Miss Emma Scoggin $1; 
J W Thompson $2; Miss Ella Walker $1; Miss Sue Whiteside $1; D W A 
Cowan 1; J M Toms .25; J S Canady .50; Jos M Walker .25; E Z Milton 1; 
T C Smith .25; Dr W L Lynch $1. Total, $67.25. ' 

Received by Rev J C Sorrels on mission field, and reported by him, 
and not in hands of Treasurer : 

L S Keeter #1; V C Hicks 5; Win Walker 5; Rev W H Logan 2.20; 
Martin Melton 2; H H Gibbs 5; H K Corn 2; J G Laughter 1; Mat Mc- 
Brayer 5; A T Jones 1; J C Price 18.00; Clear Creek church 60; Beulah 
80; Harmony Grove 1.60; Oak Grove 30; Mountain Creek 2.65; Pleasant. 
Hill 1.35; Montford's Cove 2.95, Total, #57.45. 

Total for State Missions, #243.09. 

RECEIVED FOR FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

Mountain Creek church #7, Bethlehem 4,61, Montford's Cove 4, 
Cooper's Gap 2, Round Hill 3.10, Chimney Rock 3.50, Rock Spring 4.10, 



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Zion Hill 6.17, Rutherfordton 22.90, Stone Mountain 1.85, Mt. Zion 2.50, 
Bethel 3.35, Piney Knob 1.01, Pleasant Hill 1.75, Holly Springs 60, Camp 
I reek 45, Old Fort 1.50, Dysartsville 25, Green River 4. 1 4, Green's Creek 
1.54, Mt. Vernon 9.25, White Oak 1.70, Mrs Eliza Grayson T.50. Collec- 
tion on Sunday of Association 20.06. Total. $108.83. 
RECEIVED FOR HOME MISSIONS. 

From Mt. Vernon church, #7.59; Bethel church 3; Piney Knob 1.70; 
Camp Creek .40; Green River 1; Bethlehem 1.50; and from -Rutherford- 
ton 22.05. Total, $37.24. 

Received for Sunday-School Board, Rutherfordton church, $7.65. 
Total, $7.65, 

RECEIVED FOR MINfSTERIAI, EDUCATION. 

Mt. Vernon church 60; Rutherfordton 7.70; collection Friday at As- 
sociation 7.50. Total $15.80. 

RECEIVED FOR OXFORD ORPHAN ASYI.UM. 

Rutherfordton church 3.94. Total $3.94. 

RECEIVED FOR CHINA FAMINE SUFFERERS. 

Rutherfordton church 13.15. Total $13.15. 

RECEIVED FOR BAPTIST ORPHANAGE- 

Rutherfordton church 20.50; Mrs Eliza Grayson 1; J R Laughter .50; 
J H Smith 5; Bill's Creek 7.06; Holly Springs 2; Shiloh 1; Round Hill 
2; Floyd's Creek 4; Camp Creek .45; Piney Knob 1; Bethel 4.50; collec- 
tion at Association 4; subscriptions to "Charity and Children,-" 21.50. 
Total $74. 5 1 . Grand total $504. 2 1 . 

CREDITS 
By cash S. M. Funds to Treas. Baptist State Convention, - . 

" " " " " Dr M M Landrum 

" " " " " Rev J C Sorrels 

" " " " collected by Rev J C Sorrels 

' ' Ba I lance to arrange with J C Sorrels 



By cash F M Funds to Treas. Baptist State Convention ,. - 
HM Funds" " li ' " 
►S 5 Board l ' " " " " 
Ministerial Education to Treas. Bap. State Con. . 
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Treasurer Green River Association. 
October 15th, 1889. 

J. S. CAN AD V, ) 
IV. L. LYNCH, \ Auditing Com. 
M. H. JUSTICE, J 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

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CHURCHES. 



Beulah 

Big I^evel 

Bethlehem 

Bill's Creek— 
Bridgewater _. 

Bethel 

Catawba 

Cooper's Gap. 
Clear Creek — 
Cool Springs- 
Camp Creek... 

Cane Creek 

Columbus 

Floyd's Creek— 

First Broad 

Green River 

Green's Creek— 
Harmony Grove 

Hall Town 

Holly Springs.— 

Mt. I^ebanon 

Mountain Creek 
Montford's Cove 

Marion 

Mt. Vernoti 

Mt. Zion 

Macedonia 

Old Fort 

Pleasant Grove. 
Pleasant Hill— 
Piney Knob.— 
Ruth erf ordton __ 
Rock Springs — 

Round Hill 

Silver Creek 

Shiloh 

Stone Mountain. 

Turkey Cove 

WhitehOak 

Zion Hill 



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Note. — It will be seen that, at this session of the 
Association, the following churches contributed funds for 
the support of the poor, as follows: 

Cooper's Gap $7.00; Camp Creek $1.00; Ruthef- 
fordton $5.45 ; and Shiloh church $7.00. 

Total for poor, $20.45. 






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M1XU T E S 



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FIFTIETH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



Green River Baptist Association, 



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CHURCH AT BETHEL. 

cDouie'A County, HoVOa Caxocuia. 
OCTOBER 1st k 3fi M i% 



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To which is added the History of White Oak, and of 
Mountain Creek Baptist Churches. 



■ 

Elder M. M. LANDRU.M. Moderator Marion, N. C. 



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ADIN L. RUCKER, Clerk ___ .... Rutherford ton, N. C. 

ALBERT L. GRAYSON, Treasurer . .. Rutherfordlon, N. C. 



BLACKSBURG, S. C. : 

BLACKSBURG PRINTING COMPANY, 
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ORDAINED MINISTERS. 



Elder C. C. Case Green Hill, Rutherford County 

" J. R. Denton Dysartsville, McDowell 

" H. D. Harrill -Forest City, Rutherford 

" B.B.Harris Cuba, " 

" A.Hunt Gamble's Store, 

V Elbert Jackson Turner, Polk 

" C. B. Justice Rutherfordton, Rutherford 

" T. B. Justice 

" W.H.Logan ^ Ayr, " 

'■ • A. B. Mashburn Nealsville, McDowell 

"■ J. "I, Moffitt.---* . . .Stone Mountain, 

" M. M. Landrum — Marion, " 

" J. R. Pendergrass Old Fort, " 

'? J. C. Sorrels Bridgewater, 

" G. W. Settlemire - Old Fort, 

44 E.L.Taylor ..Rutherfordton, 

44 J.H.Taylor . — Dimsdale, 

" Z.T.Whiteside--- Uree, 



K. C. 



LICENTIATES. 

Eli Haynes MiM Springs, Polk count}', N. C. 

J.M.Taylor Rutherfordton Rutherford 

W. H. Glover 

M. A. Harvey -,.- Old Fort, McDowell 

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H^^Next session will be held with the Church at Ruth- 
erfordton, beginning Thursday, October the rst, 1891. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



FIRST DAY. 

Wednesday, October ist, 1890. 

The Fiftieth Annual Session of the Green River Baptist 
Association convened with the Church at Bethel, McDow- 
ell county, N. C. , Wednesday, October ist, 1890. 

In the absence of Elder J. H. Yarboro, who was ap- 
pointed at last session, Elder T. Bright preached the 
introductory sermon from Luke 6: 38, "Give and it shall 
be given unto you." 

. After an intermission of one hour, the Association re- 
assembled in the house and was called to order by Elder 
M. ?M. Eandrum, former Moderator. 

Prayer — Elder Z. T. Whiteside leading. 

On morion, A. L. Rucker was requested to act as clerk 
pro tempore, the former clerk being absent. 

Elder Z. T. Whiteside and Brother J. S. Canady were 
requested to act as assistant clerks. 

The churches composing the body were called, letters 
read, and messengers enrolled as follows : 

.FIRST DISTRICT. 

i. Beulah—R. P. Pitman. 

2. Big Le vel— Elder J. H. Taylor, and Brethren Stephen J. Cowart 
and T. W. Cowart. 

3. Bill's Creek — Wm. Flynn, Jerry Jackson, J. G Dalton. 

4. Chimney Rock — M. W. Morgan. 

5. Columbus— Not represented. 

6. Cooper's Gap — H. H. Gibbs, J. K. Gibbs, James McCraw, and 
Wm. Dimsdale. 

7. Green River — T. C. Page and J. H. Blanton. 

8. Green's Creek — G. C. Collins. 

9. Mountain Creek — A. L. Rucker, H. Portrum, H. P. Lynch, G. 
M. Flack, E. W. Edwards and W. H. Rucker. 

10. Pleasant Hill — R. S. Owens, John A. Hodge. 

^ r- 11. Rock Spring— Elder Z. T. Whiteside and I. M. Frady. 

I2. Silver Creek — Represented only by letter. 

i3. White Oak—]. A. Thorn and L- T. Jackson. 

SECOND DISTRICT. 

1. Bethel-]. M. Raburn, E. L. Morris, J. E. Goforth, M. W. Mor- 
gan and J. A. Poteat. 

2. Bethlehem—^. C. Jones and A. W. Gilliam. 

3. Bridgewater — P. P. Price, J. C. Price. 

4. Camp Creek—]. A. Clements, B. Biggerstaff and I. G. Clements. 

5. Cane Creek — D. W. A. Cowan, James Walker. 

6. Catawba— ]a.mes M. Gibson, M. A. Harvey. 

7. Cherry Spring — Not represented. 

8. Clear Creek— C. P. Rader, A. Silver. 






4 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 

9. Dysartsville— Elder J. R. Denton, J. D. Hogan, W. H. Taylor, 
J. D. Taylor. 

10. Hall Town— Not represented. 

11. Harmony Grove -Elder J . C. Sorrels, A. P. Sorrels. 

12. Macedonia— Elder A.B. Mashburn, Jethrew Ward, B. E. Watkins. 

13. Marion — Elder M. M. Landrum, Win. Blanton and T. F. Hawkins. 

14. Montford's Cove—]. W. Morgan, David Frazier, Jr., Elijah Wil- 
kinson, J. W. Halford. 

15. Old Fori — R. H. Moore, M. G. Pendergrass. 

16. Piney Knob—VJ. W. Sorrels, N. J. Bland. 

17. Pleasant Grove — A. F. Morgan, R. A. McEntire. 

18. Round Hill—h. L. Deck, J. W. Nanney, T. I. Nanney, C. 0- 
Sorrels. 

19. Stone Mountain — A. W. Morgan. 

20. Turkey Cove — R P. Hollifield. 

21. Zion Hill—F. Ledford, J. H. Poteat. 

THIRD DISTRICT. 

1. Forest City, formerly Cool Spring— Elder T. Bright, J. B. Blanton. 

2. First Broad— M. G.Crow, J. C. Fortune. 

3. Floyd's Creek— -T. C. Harris. 

-4. Holly Spring — W. R. Steadman, James Henson. 

5. Mount Lebanon— TA. D. Wilson, D. D. Fortune. 

6. Mount Pleasant— -B. McMahon, D. T. McArthur. 

7. Mount Vernon—^. P. Geer, M. h. Wilson, R. K. Wilson, L.'T. 
Rollins. 

8. Mount Zion — J. B. Price, John L. Lattimore. 

9. Rutherfordton- Elder C. B. Justice, Elder H. D. Harrill, W. H. 
Glover, T. C. Smith, A. L. Grayson, J. S. Canady. 

10. Shiloh — B. M. Hamrick, A. D. Brooks. 



The following churches requested that they be granted 
letters of dismission to unite with certain churches recently 
dismissed from the King's Mountain, in the formation of 
a new Association. 

The Church at Bethel submitted through its letter the 
following query : u Is is right for churches to hold Gov- 
ernment store-keepers, or will the Association hold . 
churches that do hold them in fellowship ? " 

The Associatiation was organized by the re-election of 
Elder M. M. Landrum Moderator, and the election of A. 
L. Rucker clerk; Elder Z. T. Whiteside and brethren J. 
S. Canady and R. H. Moore acting as tellers. 
; Pending the report of the tellers, Elder C. B. Justice 
announced-that the Association had paid during the last ^ 
year for Foreign Missions the sum of $505.94. 

Prayer — Elder C. B. Justice leading. 

Hymn — l 'All Hail the Power, of Jesus Name." 

Prayer — Elder J. C. Sorrels leading. 

Brother A. L. Grayson was re-elected treasurer of the 
Association by acclamation. 

Churches newly constituted, or having letters of dis- 
mission were given an opportunity to join this body. 

On motion the rules were suspended and Elder C. B. . 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 5 

Justice, chairman of the Board of Missions and Sunday 
Schools, read the following report : 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF MISSIONS AND SUNDAY 

SCHOOLS. 

Dear Brethren — Immediately after the adjournment of your body 
at its last session, we held a meeting at the Eaptist church at Ruther- 
fordton, at which we planned, as best we could, for the work of the 
ensuing year. At no time, notwithstanding that on more than one occa- 
sion special requests had been sent to the brethren of the different 
churches notifying them of the time and place of the next meeting of the 
Board, were we at any time able to get a full meeting of the members of 
the Board. Therefore, we have not had the full benefits of their pres- 
ence and councils; neither have we been able to reach and interest some 
of the churches as we otherwise might have done. We are loth to attri- 
bute this failure of the brethren to attend the meetings of. the Board to a 
iack of interest in the work committed to their care. 

At your last session pledges were taken from the churches and indi- 
viduals for the support of Bro. G. P. Bostic in China, amounting to five 
hundred dollars. This amount has been overpaid, as will appear from 
the report of A. L,. Grayson, treasurer, and from the letters of the differ- 
ent churches sent up at this session of your body. The amount thus 
shown is five hundred five and 94-100 dollars ($50.5.94.) 

-Of the forty-four churches comprising the Association, thirty-five have 
taken collections for this object. Some of the churches that made 
pledges last year have more than redeemed them. Others have redeemed 
their pledges in full, while a few have paid only a part of theirs. 

Within the year now closing, Mrs. Bertha Bryan Bostic, missionary to 
China, heard the Heavenly Father calling, and has gone home to glory, 
leaving to us as a heritage a grief-stricken, disconsolate, yet earnest and 
d^evoted husband to be cared tor, supported and sustained in the noble 
work of preaching the Gospel to the heathen; a motherless daughter 
whose very existence is God s call reminding us that He demands at our 
hands self-denial and sacrifice in the prosecution of His work; and an 
example worthy the imitation of all ; and illustrating the higher and 
nobler traits of the religion of Jesus Christ in such a way as to cause the 
blush of shame to tinge most of our cheeks when we note the contrast 
between her life and ours. In her zeal for God's glory she freely laid 
herself on his altar to be used by Him as seemed- best in His sight, 
''Counting not her life dear to herself, only that she might glorify God 
thereby." It has pleased him to cut short in its prime this life so full of 
promise and hope. She leaves a devoted husband, a tender child, a lov- 
ing father and affectionate sisters, and an exceedingly large number of 
brethren and sisters in Christ Jesus — all unable to assign any satisfactory 
reason therefor save the one, "Even so Father, for so it seemeth best in 
thy sight." 

(See amendment to this part of report elsewhere.)" 
"Child adopted, and $502 pledged. 



- . ' STATE MISSIONS. 

• When we consider the alarming amount of religious destitution pre- 
vailing in North Carolina, we are impressed with the conviction that 
this Association ought to double its contributions to the State Mission 
Board, enabling it to supply this destitution by building up churches 
that hold and love the truth, ready for every good work, and ready to 
co-operate, with others as they "Go into all the world and preach the 
Gospel to every creature," baptizing and teaching them to observe all 
things that the Lord has commanded. The contribution to this object 
ls 134-SS — less than that of last year. This your Board recognizes as an 
occasion for profound regret. We ought to give an amount not less than 
that appropriated by the State Board in the bounds of this Association. 

(See amendment and pledge of $305 elsewhere.) 



6 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

This work is under the control of the Home Mission Board of the 
Southern Baptist Convention, and consists (i) in preaching the Gospel 
to the destitute people, white and colored, in the several States within 
the territory of the Southern Baptist Convention, in which the resident 
Baptists of some of the States are not able to supply; (2) in giving the 
Gospel to the various Indian tribes within the territory of said Conven- 
tion; and (3) in sending the Gospel to Priest-ridden Cuba, where, not- 
withstanding the persecutions that are being suffered by Diaz and his 
co-laborers at the instigation and hands of Catholicism in Cuba, is in a 
prosperous condition. God is blessing the Word as preached by the 
missionaries under appointment of this Board, with such glorious results 
that we ought to appreciate the solemn appeals that are being made for 
enlarged contributions, and by our incessant prayers for the success of 
this Board. 

Our churches ought to, and would, if properly informed, enlarge very 
.materially their contributions to Home Missions. We are glad to note 
the increasing interest and enlarged contributions of the brethren to 
this work. 

(See amendment and pledge of $150 elsewhere.) 

SUN DA Y SCHOOLS. 
Owing to the fact that, perhaps for the want of time more than from a 
lack of interest, this phase of our denominational work has not been as 
fully discussed for some years by the Association as its importance 
demands. We fear it is not in as flourishing a condition, nor receiving 
as much attention among our people as it should. There should be in 
every church and in every neighborhood a strictly Baptist Sunday School 
in which the truths in God's Word should be taught with no uncertain 
sound. Much has already been done along this line; but a great deal, 
calling for earnest, prayerful work, yet remains to be done. We hope 
that more time and thought will be given to the consideration of this 
subject at the present session of your body than has been given to it 
heretofore, for several years. We suggest the appointment by the Asso- 
ciation of a Sunday School Conference to be composed of one Sunday 
School Superintendent elected by and delegated from each church in the 
Association, to meet at such time an$ place as you may designate, to 
consult together and devise ways and means for enlarging and develop- 
ing the Sunday School work. 

(Amended. See elsewhere.) 



SOME SUGGESTIONS. 

1st. A want of zeal and interest on the part of pastors who fail to keep 
the Mission and Sunday School work judiciously and regularly before 
their people, is often the prime cause of the failure of churches to do 
their duty toward these objects. 

2d. The discords and divisions, often the result of the present system 
of electing pastors annually, that so often curses our churches, and that 
unfits and disqualifies them for the Lord's service, will, in many 
instances, explain the small contributions sent up by churches for Mis- 
sions, Sunday Schools, &c. Might it not be helpful to the Lord's work 
if tne churches would call their pastors for an indefinite time, and 
thereby abolish the present system of anuual calls ? 

3d. We cannot close this report without urging upon our brethren the 
importance of taking and prayerfully reading the "Biblical Recorder" 
as a means of information and of communication with the great Baptist 
brethren of the world. 

Urging the importance of enlarging our contributions to every depart- 
ment of Christian benevolence, and asking that the Association provide 
for raising not less than $500 for Foreign Missions during the ensuing 
year, and also for increased contributions to Home and State Missions, 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 7 

and a prayer to our Heavenly Father for grace and wisdom to guide in 
doing His work, we submit this report in the love and fear of God. 

C. B. JUSTICE, Chairman. 
A. L. GRA YSON, Secretary. 

On motion it was agreed that so much of the foregoing 
report as relates to State Missions be made a special order 
for 10:30 to-morrow; and that Elder J. A. Speight, Asso- 
ciate Editor, be allowed the present hour to present the 
ciaimsofthe "Biblical Recorder, " our State denomina- 
tional paper. 

Speeches were made by Elders J. A. Speight, C. B. Jus- 
tice and C. Durham, and brother J. S. Canady, after which 
several subscribers were added to the ''Recorder." 

Order of meeting and adjournment adopted as follows : 

Meet at 9:30 a. m. ; adjourn at 12 m. 

Meet at 1 p. m. ; adjourn at pleasure. 

Messengers present without letters invited to seats with 
us. 

The Moderator announced the following committees : 

Finance — A. L. Grayson, H. Portrum, J. B. Blanton. 
Religious Serznces — Pastor and Deacons of Bethel Church, A. F. Mor- 
gan, N. C.Jones, B. Biggerstaff, and Wm. M. Blanton. 

Elder C. Durham, corresponding secretary of the State 
Mission Board, and Elder J. A. Speight, associate editor 
of the \ 'Biblical Recorder," were recognized in their official 
capacities, and accepted seats. 

Elder Z. D. Harrill was recognized as a messenger from 
the King's Mountain Association, and accepted a seat. 

On motion, adjourned to 9:30 to-morrow. 

Prayer by Elder C. Durham. 

Benediction bv the Moderator. 



SECOND DAY. 

Thursday, October 2d, 1890. 
MORNING SESSION. 
Association met at 9:30. 

Hymn — "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." 
Prayer— Elder J. N. Stallings leading. 
Body called to order by Moderator. 
Minutes of yesterday read* and approved. 
Roll call deferred until to-morrow on account of rain. 
Elder T. Bright renewed the request of the following 
churches for letters of dismission : 

Forest City, First Broad, Floyd's Creek, Holly Springs, Mount Zion, 
Mount Lebanon and Mount Pleasant. 

The letters of dismission were granted. 

Called for churches not represented on yesterday, and 



8 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST -ASSOCIA TION. 

. * . 

Chimney Rock, through a messenger, M. W. Morgan, pre- 
sented a letter. 

Invitation extended to brethren of other Associations of 
our faith and order. Elder J. N. Stallings, President of 
High Point Female College, accepted the courtesy by well 
chosen remarks. 

The Moderator announced the following committees : 

Time and Place of Next Meeting — J. S. Canady, chairman; A. D. 
Brooks, A. P. Sorrels, H. H. Gibbs and G. M. Flack. 

Nominations to State and Southern Baptist Conventions— TL. K. Wil- 
son, chairman; W. W. Sorrels, J. W. Nanuey, R. P. Hpllifield, and M. 
G. Pendergrass. 

State of Religion— Elder J . C. Sorrels, chairman; J. W. Morgan, I. M. 
Frady, H. P. Lynch, W. H. Taylor. 

Temperance — L. L. Deck, chairman; R. P. Geer, R. P. Pitman, Ste- 
phen J. (Jowart, Wm.Flynn. 

Orphanage — Elder C. B. 'Justice, chairman; R. H. Moore, D. W. A. 
Cowan, A. Silver, T. C. Smith. • 

' Deceased Ministers —Elder J. H. Taylor, chairman; Elder A. B. Mash- 
burn, T. F. Hawkins, R. S. Owens, A. W. Morgan. 

Ed?icatio>i — Elder Z. T. Whiteside, chairman; J. K. Gibbs, J. A. 
Thom, E. L. Morris and P. P. Price. 

The roll of ministers having membership in the churches 
of this Association was called and- corrected. See list 
elsewhere. 

The church at Rutherford ton, through her delegation, 
asked for the next meeting of this body — Bill's Creek and 
Silver Creek churches having petitioned for the same in 
their respective letters. 

The hour of 10:30 having arrived, the special order — 
the subject of State Missions — was considered. 

Elder M. M. Landnim and Elder J. C. Sorrels, by request 
of the Secretary of the State Mission Board, Elder C. Dur- 
ham, gave condensed reports of their mission work within 
the bounds of this Association. These reports were of 
such a nature as to give the friends of this work much en- 
couragement. , 

Elders C. B. Justice and T. Bright spoke. 

J. S. Canady read the following, which he offered as an 
amendment to Xhe report of the Board of Missions and 
Sunday Schools of the Green River Association, given in 
yesterday's proceedings : 

"In view of the alarming auiouut of religious destitution prevailing in 
North Carolina, anil the strenuous efforts now being made by the State 
Mission iioarrt to supply this destitution, 

Resolved, That v\e make an earnest eifort to raise during this year not 
less than three hundred dollars lor State Missions." 

Elder J. C. Sorrels read a letter from two sisters resid- 
ing in North Cove, 'addressed to this Association, in which 
they thanked the Association for sending them the gospel 
as the Baptist churches hold it. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA 7T0N-ZZ ' ! * [ 9 

Pending a motion to adopt the above resolution, Elder 
C. Durham, corresponding secretary of the State Mission 
Board, made a strong appeal for this especial work, i 

The following pledges were obtained for State Missions : 

Butherfordton, $60; Bethlehem, $5; Bill's Creek, $5; Beulah, $1; Big 
Level, $3; Bridgewater, #10/ < ane Creek, $2; Cherry Springs, $2; Clear 
Creek, $10; Cooper's Gap, $5; Hall Town, $i\ Marion, $2o; Mountain 
Creek, $15; Old Fort, #5; Pleasant Hill, |io; Rock Spring, $5; Shiloh, 
$5; Stone Mountain, $2; Zion Hill, $5; White Oak, #5; Bethel, $8.50; 
Camp Creek, #5; Catawba, $1; Chimney- Rock, #5; Columbus, #10; Dy- 
sartsville, $5; Macedonia, $2; Montford's Cove, $5; Mount Vernon, $1 5; 
Piney Knob, $6; Pleasant Grove, #1 ; Round Hill, |5; Silver Creek, $7; . 
Turkey Cove, #>; Green's Creek, $2; Green River,, #5. '.;:.. 

Individuals—}. A. Thorn, $2\ R. P. Hollified, $i;J. K. Gibbs, $i\ L. 

;T. Jackson, $\\ Z. T. Whiteside, $2; M. M. Landrum, #2; C B. Justice, 
$vo\ J. £. Sorrels, £5; J. H. Taylor, $\\ A. B. Mashburn, paid $\\ J. A. 

;Poteat, $1; X A. L. Rucker, $2; H. H. Gibbs, $1; J.-F-. Morgan, $1; L- Iv/ 
Deck, paidj.doc; H. D. Harrill, paid 50; J. £. Canady, $2; Thomas Morris, 

\$t; Recorder, paid #1; M G. Crow, paid $i\ D. T. McArtriur, paid; 50c; 
C. B. Justice, paid $2; D. D. Fortune, paid 50c; C. Durham, paid $i\ Miss 
Lou Morris, paid 50c. Making a total of $305. 

A cash collection was taken in addition to the above 
amounting to $15. 30. 

The amendment was adopted. . 

So much of the report of the Association al Board of 
Missions and {Sunday Schools ascertains to' State Missions 
as amended was adopted. - 

Prayer — Elder T. Bright leading. * 

Adjourned one hour. 

Benediction by Elder C. Durham. 

'AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Met at 1 p. m. 

Hymn — U I Need Thee Every Hour." 

Elder H. D. Harrill, chairman, submitted a report for, 
the Committee on Religious Exercises, with a request that 
the regular order of business be suspended one hour to 
hear Elder C. Durham preach. 

On motion of Elder C. B. Justice, the subject of Foreign 
Missions was made a special order, for 10 o'clock, and Ed- 
ucation for 11 o'clock on to-morrow. » ' 

The subject of Education was re-considered , and the 
time for the -discussion tof; this subject fixed at 2:30 this 
afternoon. 

The request of the church at Rutherford ton pertaining 
to a history of thevGreen River Association, and the 
sketches of Mountain Creek and White Oak churches 
written at the request of this body at its last session was 
referred to the following committee : * 

• C. B. Justice, chairman; Z. T. Whiteside, J. C. Sorrels, R. P. Geer 
and A. L. Rucker. I - s ■..-.- " 

The clerk read a petition, by request, from A. P. Holli- 



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field, an excluded member of Mount Lebanon church, and 
others asking the Association for the appointment of a j; 
committee to investigate certain grievances therein named 

On motion, the petition was tabled. 

Elder T. Bright, chairman, reports the following as the .; 
nominations for the Board of Missions and Sunday Schools •. 
-for the ensuing year : >v. 

'- C. B. Justice, chairman; A Z, Grayson, N E Walker, T C Smith, H D . '.'■■ 
Harrill, W A Glover, J."M Toms, W B Wilson, J C Price, S J Cowart, J 
W Thompson, Z V, Morris, A W Gilliam, Joshua Pitman, B Biggerstaff, 
j D W A Cowan, W J ^Gilbert, Wm Henderson, Gray B Hampton, T C 
CPage, J G Slaughter, C P Rader, M E Harvey, WH Taylor, G C Collins,*. .. 
'A E Rowe.-GW I/ackey, Wm M Blanton, J A Wilkersoii. J F Edwards, 
J M Watkins, N J Rollins, R H Moore, A W Green, f M D Hill, h L i 
JDeck, B JVI Hamrick; Richard Ledbetter, S B Grant, J? Arlege, W T m M V 
Justice, Z Wall, T P Quin, A F Morgan. 

The report was adopted. 
. J. S. Canady, chairman; AD. Brooks, A. P. Sorrels, 
H. H. Gibbs and G. M. Flack, committee on time and 
place for the next annual session, reported as follows : - 

Time,— Thursday, October ist, 1891. 
Place — Rutherfordton Baptist Church. 
Introductory Sermon — Elder M..M. Landrum. 
Whiteside. 



Alternate, Elder Z. T.. 



The report w r as adopted. 
.The time of 2:30 having arrived,, the subject of Educa- 
tion was announced as the -special order. .Blder J. S, 
Stallings .addressed. the body. 

J. S. Canady read the following, and after remarks, " 
moved its adoption : 

Resolved, 1st, That this Association endeavor to. secure one thousand .J 
-dollars to aid in enlarging the endowment of WakeEorest College on the X j 
Bostwick proposition. - -^.. : ■• : .V ' \~','- 

Resolved 2d, That a committee of Jive— namely, C. B. Justice," M. M. 1 
'Eahdrum, M.H. Justice, A L. Grayson and Z.'T. Whiteside — be, ap- 
pointed to aid Dr. C E. Ta}dor in securing the above amount. 

Pending the motion to adopt, ElderfC. .Durham spoke,'/; 
advocating the' passage of the resolutions, 'when the, fol- m 
lowing pledges were secured : .. :'- . 

: Bethel $2, Big Ivevel $1, Bridgewater $x, Cane Creek #1, Columbus $3, 'mi 
Cooper's Gap $1, Harmonv Grove $1, Montford's Cove $2, Old Fort $2, j& 
Pleasant Hilll2, Round Hill #1, Turkey Cove 50c, Beulah $1, Bin's' 
Creek $i, Camp Creek $2, Catawba $\, Clear Creek $1, Green River $1, 3 
Macedonia #1, .Mountain Creek $2, Piney Knob $1, Rock Spring $1, .■ 
Rutherfordton #10, White Oak $1. . Total $40. 50. 

The resolutions were adopted. 
Adjourned to 9:30 to-morrow. 
Benediction by Elder J. N. Stallings. 



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THIRD DAY. 

Friday, October 3d, 1890. 
MORNING SESSION. ) ' 
Association met pursuant to adjournment. 
' Hymn — /'What a Friend We Have in Jesus. 1 ' 
Lesson — Romans' 10, by M. M. tandrum, Moderator. 
Prayer— Elder J. H. Taylor leading. 
The Association called to order by Moderator. 
Minutes of yesterday read and approved. 
.Roll of delegates called, and those not present during' 
the past two days were by -order, stricken out. The clerk 
was authorized to restore the names of any who may come 
a n to-day or to-morrow. 

■". The time thus occupied encroached slightly upon the 
"time of the, special order for Foreign Missions/ which was 
immediately taken up. 

Elder C. B. Justice read from the - report of Board of 
Missions and Sunday Schools that part relating to Foreign 
Mission work. , . > ■ " 

CElders C._B: Justice, J. A. Speight and T. Bright spoke 
,to the report, and a special prayer for this object was led 
by Elder C. B. Justice. 1 Elder C. Durham addressed the 
body, and was followed by Elder J. N. Stallings. 

The following are the pledges for Foreign Missions : 

Churches — Ruth erfordton #125, Bethlehem #5, Big Lexel #5, Bridge- 
water ^5, Cane Creek $2, Chimney Rock $2, Columbus $20, Dysartsville 
#15, Green's Creek $5, Macedonia $2, Montford's Cove $2h, Mount Ver- 
non $20, Tiney Knob £5, Round Hill $6, White Oak $5, Silver Creek 
,£15, Stone Mountain £5, Rutherfordton S. S. #2, Rock Spring Si, Bethel 
#15,' Beul ah $5, Bill's Creek $lo, Camp Creek #5, Catawba $2, Clear 
Creek $3, Cooper's Gap #15, Green River $10, Harmony Grove $6, 
Marion $20,' Mountain Creek £35, Old Fort $5, Pleasant Hill" #20, Shiloh 
#5, Turkey Cove #3, Mt. Lebanon S. S. $1. 

Individuals- ^-A F Morgan $5, B M Hamrick #2.50, A D Brooks $2.50, 
J A Thorn $5,^ W Morgan $5, H Portrum $5, W H Glover $2, J C Sor- 
,rels #ir^Wui Flynn paid 50c, J C Fortune $i,-AL Rucker $1, -J L Latti- 
m ore paid $1, J B Price paid $\, D D Fortune paid. 50c, I M Frady $i, v 
H D Harrill $1* F Bedford 5oc, R vS Owens paid $1, T C Page paid $2, 
John Goforth |i, M D Wilson $1, JR K Wilson paid #r, G M Taylor * 1, 
\T C Smith $r,T Bright #1, M M Landrum paid #1, J H Taylor $1; Z T 
W T hiteside $2, R P Geer paid $1, AW Morgan jpaid.Soc, J S Canady $1, ' 
CB Justice $1. Making a total of $5o2.. * £ '• -y M 

A collection 'in addition to above was taken, amounting 
to $10. 80. Report adopted. * 

After announcements bv several brethren, and .singing: 
"''Praise God From Whom All Blessings- Flow*' adjourned 
one hour for dinner. • • . ': 

. Benediction by Elder A. B. Mashburn.- 
' ' EVENING SESSION. 

Association met pursuant to adjournment. 
* 'Amazino- o- race , how sweet the sound" -was sun or 



12 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 

Elder Z. D. Harrill led us in prayer. . 
2 After calling the Association ; to order, • the Moderator 
renewed the call for churchts not previously represented. 
? A letter was presented from Catawba church, -which was 
read^and messengers enrolled. 

i\n invitation was extended to visiting brethren of other 
■ Associations to seats, which was accepted^ by Elder J. C. 
'J Blalock,' of the Mitchell County Association. 

The Moderator stated that he. had just received a letter 
from Elder W. F. Sorrels, former clerk of this body, in 
, which he expressed regrets in not beiiig permitted /to; 
attend the -present session on accounc'of the death of, a 
friend near New Prospect, S. C. \* 

The committee on religious exercises, through their 
' chairman, announced that Elder Z.vD.Harri 11 would preach 
at once 'from the stand. Quite a number of the congrega- 
tion retired to hear the sermon. 

Elder Z. T. Whiteside, chairman, read the following 
', report on Education : 

Everybody knows that knowledge is power. Therefore, there should 
be a general diffusion of education, because it increases our efficiency or. 
,' potency For good. Education means development — physical, mental, 
moral, aesthetical, and religious. The head, the heart and the hand 
. should be thoroughly disciplined and trained. The faculties of the mind 
should be completely developed, so as to enable one to think long and 
accurately. Education is an equipment essential to the accomplishment 
of the greatest good. Money spent for it is a profitable investment, non-, 
taxable, and always at hand. To society it is oue of the greatest orna- 
ments. No greater accomplishment can be given to our children than a 
religious education, except it be true piety itself. A proper application 
of knowledge is wisdom. "A wise man layeth up knowledge." ,Exper-7 
imental, religious knowledge is most valuable, because in God and in 
Christ "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." - 

The education of our girls should be made equivalent in profundity to 
that of their more favored brothers. 

Superficiality in culture should be discarded. The spirit of education 
must be fostered, augmented, cultivated and appreciated, and our male 
and female institutions patronized and built up. The aspirations of the 
young must be encouraged; sacrifices on the part of parents in behalf of 
their children must.be made. Respectfully, 

■'■'; : Z. T. Whiteside, Chairman? r , 

•'■--.' J. K. GIBBS, . 

. , _ P. P. Price, 

— - '— E.L.Morris, 

- J. A. Thorn, 

Committee.' 
; The subject having* been previously discussed, was 
adopted without further remarks. 
"The Committee on Temperance reported : 

We, your Committee on Temperance,submit the following : 
. We rejoice to know that the cause of temperance is making some pro-, 
gress in our bounds. Our churches are taking a stronger stand than 
ever before against the manufacture, sale and use of intoxicating liquors; [ 
but, while this is so, the number of distilleries has increased. These 
men have set up among us their business which will destroy our' boys 
and increase the number of widows and orphans in'the land. We ad- 



GREEK RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 1 3 

vise our churches to, use all their -influence against this evil. Let the 
world furnish all the material — men and means— to prosecute this soul- 
destroying work. Let no Baptist he found taking part in this work, by 
store-keeping^signing bonds for others, or giving it their influence in 
anyway. 'Be ye temperate in all things." "No drunkard shalj enter 
the Kindom of Heaven.*" "Abstain from -all- appearance of evil." 

L. L. Deck, Chairman. 
- R. P. Geer, 
Wm. FlynjsY 
s. j. c'owart, 
' .' _ Committee. 

J. S. Canady spoke, to the report.. — t 

H. Portrum offered the following in answer to^the query 
from Bethel Church, which was on motion made a part of 
the report on temperance : 

In answer to the query from Bethel Church — 

Resoh/ed, That this Association will not .fellowship any Church that 
will retain among its membership any person v who will aid or abet by 
selling any products of the farm, or by- Government store-keeping, or in* 
any other way assist in the manufacture or sale of spirituous liquors. 
. ; ■ . — , H. PORTRUM. 

Remarks by C. B. Justice, H. Portrum, L.\L. . Deck, PI. 
C. .Harrill, T. C. Page and J. W. Morgan. 

The report as amended , was adopted. 

The preachers present pledged themselves not to serve 
any church as pastor that should persist in violating the 
spirit of the foregoing report. 

'A. L. Grayson /treasurer, read his annual report. . The 
following brethren were appointed to audit-same, viz : J. 
S. Canady, T. C. Smith and W. L. Lynch: (See report 
elsewhere.) . ' . , ■ , 

C. r B. Justice read thefollowiug preamble and resolution, 
which/was iinanimousiy' adopted : 7 '"V - ' 

Whereas, During the past year Mrs. Betha Bryan Bostic, wife of 
Elder G. P. Bostic, our Missionary -to China, has been called by .the God 
whom she served to an "Inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, 'and that 
fadeth not away" — leaving a little daughter, "Adelaide," aged twenty 
. months, who has been sent by her grief-stricken father back to the 
United States, to be raised and educated. She is at present sufficiently 
<:ared and provided for by anxious and willing relatives; but feeling our 
responsibilities arid obligations, and wishing to assure brother Bostic and 
his child of our sympathies and willingness to look. after, and, if neces- 
sary, to care for this precious child; therefore 

Resolved, That we accept this child,. "Adelaide Bostic," the mother- 
less -babe of. G. P. Bostic, Missionary to China, as the daughter of the 
Green River Baptist Association, hereb}* assuring both brother Bostic 
and' "Adelaide" of our sympathies; and authorize her, if the time should 
ever come when she may need assistance, to come to us with the assur- 
ance that 'we will afford the needed help as God shall give us the 
ability. \ • ■ '■" . - C. B. JUSTICE. 

J. H. Taylor read report on deceased ministers : . 

,We feel truly thankful to our Heavenly Father that, "during the past 
year we have lost none of our .ministers by death. We find that no 
suitable memorial either of Elder A.' O. Lynch or Elder Wm. Harrill has ' 
been published. We learn that .an extended sketch of the latter will 
appear this year in the history of Mountain Creek Chnrch, of which he 
was for several years the pastor. 



i 4 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

Your committee recommend the appointment of a special committee 
to write a suitable obituary of Elder A. Q. .Lynch, and submit the same 
at next meeting of your body. Cheerfully submitted. I 

_ j. H. Taylor, Chairman, 
R. S. Owens,- 
A. W. Morgan, - 
A. B. Mashburn, 
, Thomas "F. Hawkins, 
' Committee. . § 

The report was adopted. Committee appointed : J. C., 
Sorrels, H. Portrum and A. L,. Rucker. 
' Report on History read by -A. L,. Rucker : 

Your Committee on History of the Green River Association, as sug- 
gested by the church at Rutherfordton, and sketches ^already prepared \ 
of White Oak and Mountain Creek churches, beg leave to submit,' ' - 

1st. We recommend that the Histories of White Oak and Mountain 1 
. Creek Churches, which have already, by order of this Association, been' 
'written, be published in connection with the minutes of your £ody this I 
"year. 3 To do this it will be necessary to increase the minute fund on 
Jiand to at least twenty dollars more, and we hope your body will take I 
some action to secure this additional sum. ' 

2d. We recommend that the present plan of writing separately the* 
histories of the churches be discontinued, and that the churches con- 
sider the matter of writing a history of the* Association during the next* 
year; and that the body at its next session take some definite action in 
relation to this matter. Respectfully submitted. '■ *-., 

R. P. GEER, 
Z. T. Whiteside, 

' J. C. SORRELS, 

A. L- Rucker,, 
" Committee. 

Remarks by H. Harrill. C. B. Justice, I. M. Frady, J. C. l 
■Sorrels', £. T. Whiteside, R. P. Geer and A. L. Rucker. 
The report was adopted. 
A. L. Grayson read report on finance : 

We report from the churches $67.55 for minutes, and recommend that 
the clerk be paid ten dollars for his services, and that Jhe furnish blank' 
letters to the churches, and have minutes printed with remainder $57.55. 

A. L. Grayson, 
H. Portrum, 

J. B. Bl,ANTON, 

Committee. 

The report was adopted. 
Adjourned to 9:30 to-morrow. 
Benediction "bv ^Elder Z. D. Harrill. 



FOURTH DAY. 
• - Saturday, October 4th, 1890. . 

* MORNING SESSION ' 

Met at '9:30. - "-.......' 

; Hymn — U A11 hail the power of Jesus' name." . 

Lesson— 1 st Cor./. 13, by Moderator. . 

Praver — Elder T. R. Denton leading. 

" "'1' 
Association called to order by Moderator. 

Called for additional delegates, and enrolled Elder J. R. 

Denton, of Dvsartsville church. 



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Minutes of yesterday read and adopted. 

On motion, L. L/ Deck, chairman, J. W. * Morgan and 
. H. .Portrum were appointed a committee to re-district the 
Association. 

J. R. Denton, H. D. Harrill, C. B. Justice, M. M. Lan- 

drum and A. L,. Rucker were appointed corresponding 

^messengers to the King's" Mountain Association, which 

convenes at Waco Baptist church on Tuesday before the 

fourth Sabbath in September, 1891. 

On motion, correspondence with the Catawba Association 
was suspended for the present. 

The hour of 10 a. m. having arrived, the special order 
—the consideration of the subject of the Baptist Orphan- 
age- — was announced. . . " , 

f . - C. Smith xead as follows : 

"PureTeligion and undented before God and the Father is this, To 
[jvisii.the fatherless and widows in their affliction." "Judge the father- 
less, plead for the widow.'' "Is not this the 'fast that I have chosen ? to 
loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens and to let the 
oppressed go free, and that ye- break every yoke ? Is it not to deal thy 
bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to 
thy house? When thou seest the naked that thou cover him; and that 
thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh." 

r We how have at the Baptist Orphanage at Thomasville one hundred 
and thirty children. ' During the past year one house has been finished 
and filled with children; and, at this time, two other houses are in pro- 
cess of construction. There are, perhaps, five hundred of the orphan 
children of our brethren and sisters in North Carolina that ought to be 
provided for at this orphanage. Let us enlarge our contributions for 
this work. • , C. B. Justice, Chmn. 

R. H. Moore, 
T. O. Smith, 
D. W. A. Cowan, 
A. Silver, 
. - > Committee. 

J. S. Canady and C. B. Justice spoke to the report, which 
was adopted. • - , 

The following list of subscribers with the cash was ob- 
tained for "Charity and Children, ".a weekly paper, by the 
orphans at Thomasville, N. C. : 

Elder "M M Landrum, Marion; L L. Deck, Pescud; Elder H D Harrill, 
Forest-City;" P P Price, Marion; T C Smith, Rutherfordton; A L Gray-, 
son, Rutherfordton; Mrs E J Rucker, Green Hill; Elder Z T Whiteside, 

I Uree; J H Morgan, Otter Creek; W M Mashburn, Old Fort; R H Moore, 
Old Fort; Elder J C Sorrels, Bridgewater; N C Jones, Old Fort; Miss 
Mary Wells\ Rutherfordton; R S Owens, "Rutherfordton; J A Hodge, 
Rutherfordton; W H Taylor, Dysartsville; J F Morgan, Sugar Hill; Miss 
Sue R Morgan, Old Fort; Elder CB Justice, Rutherfordton ; J S Canady. 

-Rutherfordton; Miss Lou Morris, Sugar Hill; Miss M C Morgan, Dills; 
Mrs M M Morris, Nealsville; Z V Morris, Nealsville; A A Rucker, Ruth- 

,erfordton. Total $26. r . 

Beside these, a Tiat collection was taken for the, orphans, 
amounting to four dollars. \ . 

The committee on religious services announced that El- 
der J. C. Blalock would preach at once — n o'clock — and 



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that .Elder. Z. T. Whiteside would preach immediately on 
\ the re-assembling of the Association at i p. m. 

Elder C. B. Justice read that part of the report of the 
Missionary and S. School Board which relates to Sunday 
Schools. (See report in Wednesday's proceedings.) 

J. S. Ca'nady proposed to amend by adding the pastors 
of. all the churches, and one additional delegate from each 
church to the representatives of the S. School Conference 
rrecomm ended in 1 the report. 
The amendment was adopted. 
'Z. T.' Whiteside, J. S. Canady, J. C. Sorrels,' W. H. 
• Glover and C. B. Justice spoke. 

The. report on Sunday schools as amended,-'was adopted. 
-.The committee appointed under this report on' time -and- 
place were : 

' R. P- Geer, .chairman; S. J. Cowart, T. C. Page, ?J. S. Canady, R. K. 
"vVilson,~J. R. Denton and H. P. Lynch. \" 

Adjourned one hour. 

EVENING- SESSION. 

Met at i o'clock. • 

Hymn— "I need Thee every hour." 

Association called to order, by Moderator. 

A motion by \V. H. Rucker to limit discussions to one- 
half the time' allowed by Rules of .Order, was lost by a 
majority of one. 

The'special -order of Home Missions was considered. The 
clerk Tead from report of Mission and S. School Board un- 
der the head of j 'Home Missions. \\ 

On motion to adopt, Elder M. M. Landrum addressed the 
Association. . " 

The clerk read the following, which he offered as an 

amendment to this part of the report: 

Resolved, That the Board of Missions and Sunday Schools be, and are 
hereby instructed to lay before the churches of this Association the - 
needs of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention,--' 
and use their best endeavors to -raise not less than, one hundred and fifty 
dollars for its support. t A. L- Rucker. 

The amendmentjfirst, and then "the report as amended, '. 
was adopted, after- remarks by C.B. Justice. 

The report on redistricting the Association was submitted 
by H. Portrum : : - 

We,y_our -committee on redistricting.-beg leave to submit the following: 
District No. j.—^i Beiilah, 2 Big Level, 3 Bill's Creek, '4 Chimne3' 
"Rock, 5 Columbus, 6 Cooper's Gap, 7 Green's Creeks 8 Green River. 9 ' 
Moutford's Cove, 10 Pine}' Knob, 11 Pleasant Grove, 12 Pleasant Hill, 
I3 Rock Spring, 14 Rutherfordton, 15 Shiloh, 16 Silver Creek, 17 Stone 
Mountain, 18 White Qak. ' ' ^ ... 

District No.. 2. — I Bethel, 2 Bethlehem, 3 Bridgewater, 4 Camp Creek/ 
5 Cane Creek, 6 Catawba, 7 Cherry Springs, S Clear Creek, 9 Dysarts-. 
ville, 10 Hall Town, 11 Harmony Grove. 12 Macedonia, I3 Marion, 14' 



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Mountain Creek, I5 Mount Vernon, 16 Old Fort, 17 Round Hill, 18 Tur- 
key Cove, 19 Zion Hill. L L. Deck, Ch'n, - 

J. W. Morgan, 

H, PORTRUM, 

Committee. 
The report was adopted. 

H. Portrtim made a statement in reference to a deficit of 
I about $18.50 in minute fund. . 

The following additional sums were obtained : 

J. C. Sorrels, 80c; P. P. Price, $1.00 ; J. W. Price, Dysartsville, ioc; 
M. M. Landrum, 25c; Hall Town Church, per C. B. Justice, $1.00; Hall 
Town Church, per G. W.; Crawford, 5oc; H. D. Harrill, 25c; H. P. 
• Xynch, Cuba, 25c; A. W. Hogan, Bethel Church, 10c; Old Fort Church, , 
25c. 1 ; R. P. Geer, 50c; R. J£. Wiison, Mt. Vernon, 50c; Bethlehem 
* ; Church, 50c; Catawba Church, 25c; T. F.y Hawkins, 8c; Zion Hill 
, Church, 25 tr, -Shiloh Church, 20c; Pleasant Hill Church, 5oc; Piney 
Knob i.hurch, 50c; J. H. Taylor, 25c; Mbntford's Cove Church, per 
Morgan and Frazier, 45c; Harmony Grove Church, 5oc; R. P. Holli- 
field,- Armstrong, ioc; J. F. Morgan, Bethel <Church, ioc; Chimney 
Bock Church, 5c; Cooper's Gap Church (due) $1.00; Bigievel Church 
(due) 50c; D. P. Lowdermilk, Fonta Flora, ioc; S. E. Poteat, Bethel 
Church, 25c; -Camp Creek Church; ioc; Bridgewater Church, 26c; Wm. 
M. Blanton, 20c ^Green's Creek Church, 45c; ; Isaiah Raburn, Bethel, 
ioc; D. V. Frazier, Otter Creek, *ioc; J. R. "Walker, Vernon, ioc; G. E. 
Erwin, Vernon, Ioc; Rutherfordton Church, $1.00. "■" Total, $13.98. This 
with the amount reported in the letters from the churches makes a grand 
total of #67. 55 for Minutes. 

R. P. Geer read the following report for the Committee 

on Sunday School Conference, which was adopted without 

■remarks :•■--. •" 

Your Committee on Time and Place for Sunday School Conference 
submit the following : 

Time — Friday before 5th Sunday in November next. 
Place— Mountain Creek Church. 

Respectfully submitted, R. P. GEER, Chmn. 

S. J. Cowart, 
•-T. C. Page, 
J. S. Can ad y, 
R. K. Wilson, 
L J. R. Denton, 
H. P. Lynch, 
- : _ v ' : ■'•: f ■-, Committee. 

Elder J. C. Sorrels read : 

Your Committee on State of Religion report as follows : 
We are glad to report progress in the Master's Kiuguom. The churches 
have .had, with few exceptions, at some time during the past year, 
"revivals resulting in 318 additions to the churches composing this .Asso- 
ciation b3" baptism. Brethren, let us work, watch aud pray — give more I 
to the "cause of Christ, and heed the loud and heart-moving Macedonian 
cry, as it is borne on the wings of every breeze. ■ 

, . v ' - • J. C. Sorrels, Chmn., 

\ ■ W. H. Taylor, 

I. M. Frady, 
J. W. Morgan, 
H. : P. Lynch, - 

v Committee.yV. •;*** 

On motion of W. H. Rucker, it was. ordered that the 
collection to-morrow be applied to Home Missions. 






18 • GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

| The Committee on Nominations, through their chair- 
man, reported — 

Your Committee on Delegation recommend the appointment of Elders 
M. M. Xrandrum, C. B. Justice, J. C- Sorrels, H. D. Harrill, J. R. Denton, 
and Brethren A. L. Rucker, A. L.Grayson, H. Portrum, L. L. Deck 
and M. H. Justice as delegates to the State Baptist Convention to be 
held at Shelby, beginning on Wednesday, November 12, 1890. We rec- 
ommend Elders M. M. Landrum and C. B. Justice as delegates to the 

Southern Baptist convention, which, meets at — 

Respectfully submitted, R. K. Wilson, Chmn. 

\ r M. G. Pendergrass, 

W. W. SORRELS, 

J. W. Nanney, : 

R. P. HOELIFIELD, 

Committee. 

j The report was adopted. 

The 'following by Elder J. H. .Taylor was read and 
adopted with enthusiasm : 

\ Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due, and hereby tendered,* 
to the kind brethren and sisters of this church* and to the ^community.', 
generally,, for the hospitable manner in which they have entertained the I 
delegates of this Association during the present session. 

J., H. Taylor. 
The clerk read the following: \ 

Resolved, That this Association hereby tenders to Elder M. M. Lan- - 
drum, the honored, pious and consecrated Moderator, its sincere x thanks \ 
ibr his courteous, punctual and impartial management of all tbe busi- 
ness of the body, and pray God's richest blessings on him ^.nd all his 
charges. . J. C Sorrels. 



. f C. B. Justice thought the above a bad precedent, ;but it 
was adopted " all the same. ' V 

It was agreed that the next union -meeting be Jield with 
the church. at Mount Vernon, beginning on Friday before 
I -the .'fifth Sunday in November, 189 1. All the preachers 
in the Association were appointed to attend. , "; 

A motion by Elder J. R. Denton, to hold union meet- 
ings on every fifth Sunday, was lost. ,' - 

The Committee on Religious Exercises reported' the fol- 
lowing as the preachers for to-morrow : 

10 a.m.— Elder Z.D. Harrill. ~ 

11 a, m.— Elder C. B. Justice. . 
2 p. M.— -Elder M. M. Landrum. . 

A motion to adjourn was made by Elder H. D. Harrill. 

Elder C. B. Justice talks pathetically. 

Elder J. C. Blalock, of the Mitchell county Association, 

compliments the Green River, tells where he lives, and 

^' -cordially invites the brethren to visit his Association and 

• _ to help to advance the Lord's cause among his mountain 

churches. - - . " ' - : 

Elder JVC. Sorrels introduced Elder D. P. Xowdermilk, 
pof the Catawba Association, as a convert from Methodism 
and a ''jewel^-J^ * r£r 



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GREEN RIVER BAPTJS7 ASSOCIATION. I9 

•'Elders J. L. Shinn and N. T. Bowden, of the Catawba, 
and G: W. Settlemire, of the Green River, were also rec- 
ognized. 

A collection of $4.50 was taken for Zion Hill Church, 
which was handed to Elder G. W. Settlemire, pastor. 

, Elder C. B. Justice prayed, and while the congregation 
sang \ * Old Time Religion, ' ' the brethren engaged in tak- 
ing the parting hand. 

'The Association then adjourned to meet again with the. 
Baptist Church at Rutherfordton on Thursday, , October 1, 
A. D. 1 89 1. . -Eld. M. M. IvANDrtjm, Moderator. 

Adin L. Rucker, Clerk. , 



. SUNDAY SERVICES. 

f October 5x^,1890. 

i At 10 a.m. Elder Z. D. HarrilLpreacried.;;Text— ^ u An(i 
Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and- said, Eet us go 
up at once and possess it ; for we are" well able to over- 
come it. "^—Numbers 13:30. 

. Elder C. B. Justice followed at .1.1 a-m. Text — " Curse 
ye Meroz, said the angel of the. Eord, curse ye x bitterly 
the inhabitants thereof ; because they came not to the help 
of the Lor"d, to the help of the Eord against the mighty. |? 
—Judges 5:23. j . / 

At the close of this sermon a collection of $34.09 was> 
taken for Home Missions. 

; At 2 p.m. Elder J. E. Shinn preached the closing ser- 
mon from ist- Corinthians 15:1 — "Moreover, brethren, I 
declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, 
which, also ye have received, and wherein ye stand." 

The congregation on Sunday was estimated at from two 
to three thousand persons. . The preaching was good, \ and 
the entire session was more than usually harmonious. r I 
" ' - ■ ' - .. " Clerk. 



Constitution of the Green River Baptist Assoc!-' 

ation. 

This- Association shall be known as the Green River Baptist Associ- 
ation, and shall be' composed of Baptist churches whose articles of faith 
and constitntions are in harmony with those of ' the Association'!' 

Each church ■ shall 'be allowed a representation of two delegates, in 
addition to their regular ordained ministers, and every church of over 
fifty members shall be allowed one additional delegate for every fifty 
additional members. - - ^ 

The primary objects of. the Association- shall be to encourage' and 
support Wake Forest College ; to educate young men called of God to 
the ministry and approved by the churches 10 which they belong; to en- 
courage education among the people of the State ; to support the Gospel 



2o GREEN RIVZR. BAPTIST -ASSOCIATION.. 

in the destitute portions of the State and of the Southern Baptist Con- 
vention ; to send the Gospel to the nations that have it not; to encourage 
the distribution and study of the Bible and a sound religious literature ; 
to assist Baptist churches in the erection of houses of worship ; to en- 
courage the proper care of indigent orphan children and destitute and 
aged ministers of the Gospel ; to encourage the organization and support 
of .Baptist Sunday Schools, and to co-operate with the Baptist State Con- 
vention in all its departments of labor. 

This Association shall meet annually on Thursday hefore the first 
Sabbath 5 in October. 

The officers of the Association shall be a Moderator, Clerk and 
Treasurer, who shall be elected by the Association and continue in 
office until their succepsors are elected. 

The Moderator shall preside or fill the chair, bv calling some member 
of the body thereto, and enforce order in accordance with Mell's Parlia- 
mentary Practice. / ' . 

The clerk shall record the proceedings, conduct the .correspondence 
-and publish and distribute the minutes. - 

* The Treasurer shall receive all funds contributed by the churches or 
individuals to the objects of the Association, receipting the contributors • 
for the same, and forward all contributions to their proper destination,, 
and make a full report of all receipts and disbursements to ,thn Associa- 
tion at its annual sessions, and -on retiring from bis office turn over to his ■ 
^successor-all moneys, papers and books belonging thereto. " f 

There.shall be appointed by the Association at each sessioi. a Board of 
•Missions and Sunday Scheols, consisting of one ► member v frorri each ' 
church belonging to the Association and several other brethren living in 
^Rutherford ton or its immediate vicinity, five of whom shall constitute a 
quorum, which, during the intervals between the meetings df ihe Associ- 
ation, shall- have charge of the various interests and -objects fostered By 
the Association, and shall encourage the churches to give liberally there-. 
to; and shall make a full reoortof its work, including such suggestions | 
relative thereto as it may think advisable, to the Association at its i 
annual sessions. - 

r. The President, or, in case of his death or disqualification,' any three 
members of the Board, may call a meeting tnereof. 

This Constitution may be changed or amended at any annual session 
bv two-thirds of the representatives present -voting in the affirmative. 

C. B. Justice. 



Association Covenant. 

Article' l.'.We- believe in one only living and true God, and that 
there are three persons in the Godhead — the Father, the Son, and the 
Holy Ghost— and these are one in substance, and equal m power and 
glory. - , 

I 2. .We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the 
"Word of God, and the only rule of faith and Dractice. 

3. "We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in man's impotency to recover himself from the fallen 
state he is in; by his own free will and ability. 

"5. We believe ' that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
i through the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. ' 

- 6. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that they never 
: shall finally fall away. ' . • , 

7. . We believe that Baptism and ihe Lord's Supper are ordinances 
instituted by Christ, and that true believers are the only proper subjects 

^thereof. _ - 

8. We believe immersion is the only spiritual mode of baptism. 

9. We believe that no person has a right to administer the ordinances 
but^uch dS are regularly called and qualified thereto. 

iO. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and ji general judg- 
ment; that the punishment of the wicked shall "be everlasting, and the 
joys of the righteous eternal. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIS7 ASSOCIATION. 21 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, -agree- 
ing to the above. Articles of Faith, do, for and in behalf of the churches 
which we represent, covenant and agree, and give ourselves up to each 
other in church and Christian fellowship, in order to keep up the unity 
of the spirit in. the bonds of peace, and to assist each other in all matters 
of distress, and to pray for each other's prosperity. 



Rules of Order. 

Rule 1. Every meeting of business shall be opened and closed with' 
prayer, either by the Moderator or some brother whom he shall appoint.' 

2." Each speaker shall arise and address the Mod eraior on -any subject 
to be discussed. 

3. No motion shall be debated unless seconded. No member, shall 
s^eak more than twice (twenty minutes each,) on the same motion with- 
out special leave of the Association. ' .._■ 

A.. The Moderator and Clerk shall be' chosen by ballot, and continue 
in office.nntil their successors are elected. .- 

5. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, unless other- 
wise diree'ed. 

[% .During theJiours of business all private -conversation,- walking 
across or out of the house/ without permission . ol the Moderator .first 
obtained, stall be deemed a breach of order: 

* 7. Thcnames of members shall be called each day .previous to pro- 
ceeding to business. - " . . , > 

8. All resolutions shall -be reduced to writing, signed by the mover, 
and handed to the moderator or Clerk before they are debated. 
' 9. When a question is under debate, no motion shall bereceived but 
to adjourn, to postpone indefimtely, to commit, to'lay on the table, or to 
amend, which several motions shall have precedence in the order iu 
which they are arranged. But no motion o' 1 proposition on a subject 
different from thatTinder consideration shall be" admitted under color of 
amendment. - - - -"* 

iO. When a motion has oace been made and carried in the affirma- 
tive or negative, it shall be in order for any member who voted with the 
majority to move for reconsideration thereof*on the same day. 

li. When the reading of any paper is called for, and objected to by 
any member, it shall be determined by a vow of the Association. 

12. No member shall absent himself in time of business, unless he be 
sick and unable to attend. , ; - 

13. All questions, exceptlsuch as relate to the Constitution, shall be 
decided by a majority vote. 

14. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the foregoing regulations, he 
shall be regarded as untrue to his trust, and shall be liable to be re- 
minded of his duty by any member present. • • 



Order of Business of Green River Association. 

1st, Fix timeofmeeting-and adjourning. \. , , 

2d, Call for messengers present without letters from their churches. 

3d, Call for application for membership in this body. 

4th, Appoint committees'on Preaching and Finance. 

5th. Recognize, in their official capacity, any present who may repre- 
sent general denominational interests. ( - - 

6th, Call for correspondents, renewing the call at the opening of each 
morning session. / _ , ...■■' ""- '"-.." 

. 7th, Invite ministers of our denomination to seats with us, renewing 
the call at the, opening of each morning session. '- 

8th, Appoint ^committees on. State of Religion, State, Home and 
Foreign Missions, Sabbath Schools, Temperance, Education, Orphanage, 
Deceased Ministers, Nominations in State and Southern Conventions,; 
urging reports soon as possible. - . , ■'-•-./ 

9th, Miscellaneous business. N i- - i\J- 

10th, Appoint a brother of the church to which ne belongs, beginning 
with oldest church, to write a historical sketch of same. 



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22 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 

11th, Give an opportunity to present the claims of Foreign, Home and 
State Missions, and Orphanage, with aDy other general interest supported 
by this body. 

,12th, Fix time and place of next meeting, and appoint the introductory 
preacher and alternate ; also the minister to preach the missionary 
sermon. 

13th, Arrange general (or union)"meetings. 

lith, Appoint correspondents to other bodies. 

,i5th, Call for reports of committees. 

16th, .Elect delegates to State and Southern Baptist Conventions. 
„ 17th, Elect Executive Board, provided for in Constitution. r 

18th, Arrange for printing, distributing Minutes and paying Clerk. 
>:*< i9th, Adjourn. 



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GREEN RIVER BAPTIS7 ASSOCIATION. 



TREASURER'S EEPORT. 
Received as follows : 



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:Big Level _ 

Bill's Creek- 

Bethel __._.■_ i . '.' ._-.'• -. 


$12 50 $300 


S3 OO 




S 00 
250 
2 10 


jo 08 


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Bethlehem - 


3 02 


4 




Beulah - . 




Camp Creek J '. ' 


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1 /c 


2 5 




Cane Creek ._ _. 


J "_» ' . _» — _7 --/ 

2 OO 2 




Chimney Rock _._, 




1 185 






Cool Spring [Forest City) 


c o<> 




Cooper"* s Gap .* _____ _! _._' 


5 OO .; 10 OO 
3 55\ 30 
1 00 ^ 2 OO 

42. --1440 

C 00! rn 




.Clear Creek 






• 


Catawba- .. _.._ iJ. '.__'. 








Dysartsville . _. 


2 55 






First Broad __ '_ ._ _ 


85 


Floyd'' s -Qreek 1_ . . 


2 50 

3 0I 
2 02 


10 

JO 
JO 


Green River _ 


203 






Green's Creek - 




Hall Town- _ ___ ___ ___ 


ii y v 












20 


Harmony Grove _. 


2 °9\ 3 00 














Montford y s Cove _ 


5 05\ 200s, '505 
280, 280 




Do. M. and D. Meeting 

Mountain Creek 




Macedonia 


jo\ : — 

2 OO . £■ 






Mt 3 Lebanon _ _ r _ 




ML Pleasant.. __ 




-7 

4 

'635 
. 550 

5 

$14 
J 5 95 
.3^8 


7 °o 

- _ - 


— — - 


j 80 
50 


Mi. Vernon-- 


JO OO 


Mt. Zion. „ ___ _ 




X)ld Fort ___ ___ 


500 

2 OO 
4 60 








Piney Knob _'■"_"__ __ 


165 

W 37 




350. 


Pleasant Hill ._ 


Pleasant Grove _____ 




Round Hill — _ 


S 2S 


2 
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JO OI 




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28 21 


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66 r 








Shiloh... 

Stone Mountain— J— . 

Silver Creek ____ ___ __ _ 














1 


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5 00 

1 
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H. Portrum _ _ __ 








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I OO 






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Erwin's School House _ 


1 

jo 08 
20 06 








Collection at Association- 

Collection in 1889 _ 


16 30 


34 29 




33 








Total— 1 


$180 61 


$5*' 33 


$114 48 


$'651 


$67 06 



24 . 'GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 

S. S. Board .___...___- -$w 01 

Grand Total..---.- . — : $900 00 

■ Received on pledges of 1889 : 

Rev. W.H.Logan.-^ : ,-..$2 80 

A. P. Sorrels — '- _— • ______ ___.__.__ / 

R. S. Owens . / 20 

;-- VJS%T*™-.. $5°P 

Paidfo Rev. J. C Sorrels on salary of 1889 $13 89 

' We find that A . L. Grayson, Treasurer, '^ias paid over as follows :. 

For State Missions, to Rev. f. C. Sorrels _-_ -$i8d 61 

For Foreign Missions, to f. JO. Bonshall, Treasurer Baptist 

(SV State Convention--- : .;_!__ 1 — _____ 511 33 

For HomeMissio7is,4o f. D. Bonshall _.-.___ 114 4.8 

•For Minister iah Education, to f. D. Bonshall _> J 16 57 

For S. S. Board, to f. D. Bonshall.—---- 10 01 

For Orphanage and to Treasury of Orphanage ; 67 06 



Total——- — —-.—.— _________: . $900 00 

^-Al so. to Rev. J. C. Sorrels on salary for 1889— _____#/? 89 

\ f. S. CANADY, 
-W. L. LYNCH, 
' .. T. C. SMITH. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. ~ - ■.-.'■' 

A. I/. GRAYSON, Treasurer. 



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s: s; STATISTICS. 



CHURCHES. 



-SUPERINTENDENTS AND THEIR 
• POSTOFFICES. 



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Beulah -.. _ J R.P.PitmauTMills Springs, N.C.| 

$$% Level. — . - --|R. L. D. Gilbert, Poplar Grove; 

Bill's Creek J.'iWm.' Flini^ Tiger .*_■_: 1 

5«Camp Creek .'._1T. G. Johnson, Trio.-- i 

Catawba — — -- j A . B Frady , • Old Fort - 

Cherry Spring -:IP.C.Harmon,W..l£ Gilliam, do. 
Chimney .Rock — I Wm '. M. Henderson, Ch.Rock, 

Clear Creek JDavid Boyd, Garden City — I 

Cooper',* Gap-.-JH- H. Gibbs, Dimsdale — _' 

:First Broad U.W.Hunt, Gamble's Store— _ 

iporest : City- ^__Jj. t W., Davis, Forest City 

;Green!s Creek-JD. F. .Ezell, Collinsville - S.l. 

Green River -_JT. C. Page, Poor's Ford 

Harmony GroveJ. A. P. Sorrels, Bridgewater 

Holh T Springs.— iCliugman Smith, Hamric 

.Marion ___'B. B. Price, Marion -| 

Montford's Cove.'E. C. Harris, Otter Creek - — \ 

Mt. Lebanon Wm. Grayson, Washburn — 1\ 

Mt. Pleasant— — IB. McMahan, Forest City - _ _ _ j 

Mt. .Vernon N.J. Rollins, Rutherfordton—j 

Mt Zion Joseph Bracket, Holly Bush — j 

Old Fort '-—-J. F. Landes, Old Fort :j 

Piney Knob— — |W\L. Bland, Cuba——.--! 

Pleasant Grove—John Hill, Aj-r- 1 

Eld. E. L. Taylor, Mack j 

Dr. W.' L. Lynch, Puith'rftonj 

•Silver Creek J./M. Hamilton, Bright's Cr'k,; 

Stone Mountain,[C. M. Nanney, Stone Mount'nj 
Turkev Cove— iW. A. Buchanan, Armstrong,! 
White'Oak jj. P. Arledge, Mills Spring— | 



pleasant Hill— 
Rutherfordton __ 



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Fourteen 'Churches make no report on S. S. 



The following churches give-the number of months kept open in the 
vear: ' " ! ' ' 

"' Chimney Rock, 12; Marion, 12 ; ML Zion, 9 ; Old Fort, i2 ; Ruther- 
fordton, 12. . * 

: -' The following churches give the average attendance : 

Marion, 20 ; Mt, Zion, 50; Old Fort, 40 ; Rutherfordton, 56. 

Volumes in librarv reported :~ 

Old Fort, 40 ; Pleasant Hill, 18 ; White Oak, 90 ; Holly Spring, 2. . 



5 GREEN RIVER BJPTISl ASSOCIA TION. 29 

— ' ' i i . — ' : 

| Echoes of the Churches, as Given in Their Letters. 

Bethel Church submitted a query on the subject of Government Store- 
Keepers, which was fully answered in report on Temperance, which see., 
Beulah wishes the brethren to pray for them that they may grow in 
the grace and love of the Lord Jesus Christ, and express a -desire to ad- 
vance in the lord's work. * 
%,<"*■ Bill's Creek and Silver Creek each invited the Association to convene 
. with them next year, but neither of the requests were granted. 

0.Bridgewater thinks the Association should defray the expenses of our 
/^delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention. 

Cherry Springs complains that the pastor has not filled more than one 
: half of his appointments; and begs the Association to send Elder J. C. 
1 Sorrels, or some one else, %<$ preach to them, and give the assurance that 
iCthey will do all they can to assist in his salary. 

*p'r Chimney Rock has enjoyed several revivals. Six have been added to 
> the church. *Wish to be remembered in our prayers. 
V Coopers Gap has had two revival meetings. Thirty -two additions in 
•^Pebruary and nine in August. . { , ' 

ty First Broad had a good meeting in August, resulting in thirty-seven' 
; -additions to the church. They are trying to carry out the temperance 
resolution. This church, with Forest City, Floyd's Creek, Mt. Pleasant, 
. Holly Springs, Mt. Zion and Mt. Lebanon, was dismissed to join twelve ' 
[bother churches recently dismissed from the Kings Mountain, in the form- 
ation of a uew Association at. Bethel, Rutherford .county, Thursday, 
./..November '-27., 1890. ' '.-.'.'■ 

^Macedonia is carrying the temperance resolution. "The harvest truly 
?.; is great, and the laborers few" in that community.! 

■■&s«Marion — "Our pastor has paid ten dollars toward the salary of Bro. 
Bostic, which is not included in our financial exhibit of the ,church. ' ' 

Mont/ord's Cove has built a new house, costing $700. . 

' r . Mountain Creek has enjoyed a gracious revival, and the spiritual con- 
dition of the church is good. The brethren contemplate building a new i 
^house during the next 3 7 ear. 

i Mount Vernon had a -glorious meeting in July. Twelve new members' 
ij^were added, and the spiritual condition of the church is very good. < ) \ 
Old Fort also had a good meeting in July* and the church spiritually 
revived. • ' : - 

1 Pleasant Hill gained several members in a meering in July. The 
spiritual condition of the church is better than at any time within the 
past three years. 
I ■** Rock Spring — "The church has been greatly revived, and we feel 
r»^ thankful to God for his blessings." -> 

'£ ^ Round Hill, besides being greatly revived, gained nine new members 
I in a meeting in August. 

;,/ Rutherfordton has had two revival seasons, and "the church is in a 
growing and prosperous condition." They recommend the appointment 
I .of one brother in each church to get up material and forward to some 
S one, whom the Association may designate as historian; and whose busi- 
ness it shall be to compile, from the material so furnished, a history "of 
the Green River Baptist Association, for publication, and submit the 
; Vsame to this bod}- at its next session. (See report on publication else- 
where.) This church, through the delegates, petitioned for the next 
-meeting of this body. This request was granted. 

Turkey Cove — Spiritual condition very low. "We ask the prayers of 
] all God's people in our behalf." , 

^y. . White Oak has had two revival meetings, resulting in sixteen additions 
S to the church. 

• Zion Hill — The spiritual condition of this church was greatly renewed 
; r , in a meeting in August. * 






* ' HISTORY' ^ 

— OF — 

WHITE OAK BAPTIST CHURCH, 

(Formerly Green River) 
POLK COUNTY, N. C. t 1790 to 1891. j 



BY J. A. THORN. 



To the Green River .Association : * 

Dear Brethren— At your session in 1889, I was appointed to write a 
History of White; Oak Baptist Church. I hope the kind hearts of the 
-Christian readers of this body will. pardon all the imperfections of the 
document, ja£l am by no means a historian; and in the next place I have 
* been compelled to gather my information from old and dilapidated 
Church books, embracing a period of more than a hundred years. 



On the 1 2th day of April, ±798, we find an organized 
"body of working Christians at Old Salem church, situated 
x at that time on the ridge between Green and Broad rivers* 
..about six miles south of Rutherfordton, and about twelve 
miles east of our present location. This church (Salem) 
-was at that time under the pastoral charge of Rev. Joel 
Blackwell, and had for its clerk Richard Telding. How 
long this church had then been -in existence, or to what 
Association it belonged, I have not been able to ascertain; 
but, in my opinion, it belonged to the £ongaree Associa- 
tion, and like that Association itself, faded out of exist- 
ence as the Green River sprang up, and the Bethel Associ- 
ation w r as built up out of the ruins of the Congaree, Here 
w 7 e lose sight of the Old Salem, as we find no account of~ 
it in any of the Associations. 

Green River was, riowever,- represented in the conven- 
tion at Sandy Run in 1799; also, again in 1800, and it 
must have "been at one- of % these; conventions that the Broad 
River Association jwas organized,:. and we find that it held 
its first session in 1 801 with Green's Creek church. Green 
River was represented in that "body. We also find that 
Green River was one of the fourteen churches that was 



32 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TIOK. 

dismissed from the Bethel Association to help to organize 
the Broad River in 1800; although it appears that the 
Green River Church, which was an arm of Old Salem, was 
not fully constituted at that time, as some of the old rec- 
ords refer <to it as an ' 'arm. ' ' 

On the 4th day of February, 1806, the arm met and' 
petitioned Old Salem to be dismissed from that church, 
and be constituted a church under the name of Green River, 
and sent asmessengers to bear the petition brethren Burrel 
Pace, Richard Telding and Thomas Whiteside. ; This ^re- 
quest was not granted, however, and the Green River church 
was not constituted until May 20, 1869, with a total mem- 
>bership of thirty -five, .the presbytery consisting of Rev. : 
Joel Blackwell, Perminter Morgan, John- Blackwell, David- 
; Doy ale,, and John Dalton, from the respective- churches of - 
/Bill's Creek, Salem, and Green's Creek. 

In; the early history of this church there-seems to have 
been a great many church difficulties to settle, and ' 'helps' ' 
were often sent Iff or to assist in this work. • But troubles of 
this kind were r not alone confined to this church, for we 
find, just as often, requisitions on this church for "helps" 
to aid in settling difficulties in sister churches. The neigh- 
boring cliurches with which conference .meetings were 
often held, and ^'helps'' sent- to and received from were: 
Bill's Creek, Buck Creek, Sandy Run, Green's Creek, Con- 
cord, French Broad and Salem, .some -of which were a long 
way off. - i, 

Notwithstanding the many troubles, trials and difficul- 
, ties through wdiich they passed, we still find Joel Black-"* 
well a faithful pastor, with Solomon Taber the only deacon | 
up to April, '1805, when John Bllison was ordained a dea- 
con. Joel Blackwell remained as pastor until Sept. •'■8th, : 
1839, at which time Rev. S. G. Hamilton was called. 

Brother Hamilton was born and raised in this vicinity, 
and joined . tha church at Green River in July, 
1838 ; was licensed to preach in August' of the 
same year, and was ordained "to the full work of the 
gospel ministry: on J:he 8th day of- September following,- 
and w^as called as pastor the .same day. How long Brother 
Hamilton served as pastor we are unable to say, as we find 
no church Tecords from/1841 to 1854. He preached the j 
introductory sermon before- the Broad River Association at 
its session at Concord in 1840, and w T rote the circular letter 
at the same session on the subject of "Brotherly Iyove." 
He also preached ^the introductory sermon at the Green 
River Association in 1844. At some time during this period 
:Bro. Hamilton moved to Alabama, where he remained till 



G REEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 33 < 

I^ouTthe close of the late war,- when he returned to his 
Stive State- After remaining here only a: few years he 
a£n emigrated to Kansas: Hetiied abont the year 1884 
afhis son's home in Missouri. Thus ended the life of a 
o-ood man and a good preacher. , , ? „„ a 

S On the 10th day of April, 1841, the church met and 
heard a sermon from Rev. T.-B. Justice. In August of 
that year the church sent a letter to the Broad River Asso- 
Nation asking for a letter of dismission, which was granted, 
and this church helped to organize the Green River Asso- 
ciation that year, at Montford's Cove, in November. 
: We find no record of the pastors' salaries, or any other 
Church expenses for the first half century, except in one 
.'place in 1804, which record we here insert verbatim : 

"Sept is 1804.'— The arm met and proceeded to bus'i-% 
?ness,'and' took under consideration that there was^a need 
for this arm to make up something for the supportof the_. 
-gospel, and did therefore agree to form- an instrument of 
'Writing, and thereon set down whatever oar several free- 
doms may be, and put the same in the hands °f the deacons 
-to be distributed by them as need, requires^ the support 
of the gospel, or to the poor or otherwise. 

I do not produce this old record of nearly-one hundred- 
"years ago with any disrespect to the old. brotherhood or ^to 
'criticise-their acts in the least, but simply -to show _ .that .a 
. giving spirit prevailed in their hearts, and that they felt 
-'it their duty to give. % 

In October, 1853, Elder Baily Bruce was elected pastor. 
On July 8th, 1852, brother J. M. Hamilton was elected .a 
'delegate to the Western Baptist Convention. 

Rev A Padgett served as pastor from 1856 to 185b. In 
November, 1858, Rev. A. J. Cansler wassailed as pastor 
It was during his pastorate-Jnne 4 th, 1859-that a deed 
was executed for the church lot, and vested ma board of 
trustees and their successors. - •" . 

On the fourth day of February, i860, the name of the 
:': church was changed from Green River to White Oak Just 
' here we are forcibly impressed with an expression of Bro. 
John R. Logan, in his history of the Broad River Associa- 
tion, many of 'whose churches were named from the vari- 
ous water courses traversing its boundary. Green River 
was once a verv appropriate name for our church but White 
Oak is equallv or more appropriate now. It is located im- 
mediatelv on 'the middle prong of White Oak creek only 
a few yards from the justly-famed Mills Spring, which sup- 
plies it with an abundance of pure and sparkling water. 



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GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION: 



"S 



Again, it is situated at the base of the celebrated White 
Oak mountains, whose grand and lofty summits may be 
seen from almost every hill top in the bounds of the Green 
River Association. It is emphatically "beautiful for situ- 
ation. 1 ' 

At December meeting, 1861, Win. Splawn and Willis 
Foster were ordained deacons.. 

: ^Bro. Cansier remained as pastor until March 7th, 1863, 
whence was succeeded by Rev. J. M. Williams. He served 
until .September 10, 1865, and was succeeded by Rev. W. . 
D. Lancaster/ THis pastor seems to have, been often absent 
;in 2866-67-68. \ The services were conducted, when at all, 
by. different ministers, even up to 1869, when John G. Xan- 
. drum; the 1 eloquent,- was . called, - How long this brother y 
.served the church we are unable io ascertain, as the rec- 
ords are so missing or mutilated as to forever cast obscu- 
rity on their hidden meanings. On August, 1869, we find 
the church under the pastorate of Rev. T. B. Justice. : No 
record of his call appears that year, but in December, '69, 
he was called for 1870. Elder J. M. Williams succeeded 
him and was jpastor, 1872. In February, 1873, T.V. 
Gowan was chosen and remained with the church until 

^77- 

On 30th September. 1876, O. I. Nelson and Jv W. Wal- 
ker were elected deacons and ordained in October. 
•- In August, 1 87 7,- Rev,. T. B. Justice was again elected 
pastor, which position he filled until May 3d, 1884. It 
was at this time that he, on account of his advanced age 
and feeble health, tendered his resignation to a weeping 
congregation and a church filled with the deepest -emotion. 
It was during his.pastorate here that the~ Green River Asso- 
ciation lield its session with us in 1 88 1.'_ It was also dur- . 
ing his pastorate here that your unworthy writer became 
a member of this, church. Myself and wife were lettered 
here from Columbus. Obstacles had existed which pre- 
ventedit sooner, and it is possible that I never would have 
joined this church had it not been for Klder T. ,B. Justice. 
May the richest blessings of neaverT ever rest .on him. 
During his pastorate here he succeeded in working up a 
good interest in the church and. always preached to large 
.and attentive, congregations. . ; 

""-■ It was on May 3d, 1884, that Elder T. Bright was called 
and accepted the pastorate of the church. He held the 
church in good condition for more than three years, and 
preached to a crowded house of attentive listeners. During 
Bro. Bright's pastorate our house was recovered, the mem- : 
bership. largely -inccreased, and the' church was worked up 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST DISS OCIATION. 35 

to something like paying their pastor a reasonable salary, 
amounting to $100 or more. It was about the close of 
Brother Brigrit'-s last year with us that Beulah church was 
organized," taking from ns quite a number of our member- 
ship and materially decreasing our communicants. On the 
resignation of Bro. Bright, February 10, 1888, Rev. T. V. 
Gowan was chosen for the remainder of the year. In order 
to secure his .services the church was forced to .change its. 
time of preaching to Thursday before the second Sunday 
in each month." The result of change to week day preach- 
ing was that the congregations were small, and very little 
good was 'accomplished. r , - 

It was during Bro. Gowan's pastorate that J. P. Arledge 
and J. E. Walker were chosen, who, with O. I. Nelson, 
Martin Jones and J. W. Walker, are our present deacons. 

J. C. Waldrop,- who had served the -church as clerk for 
several years', tendered his resignation November, 1 87 1 , 
and was succeeded/in May, 1872, by O. I. Nelson. Five 
years later — November, 1876 — Bro. Waldrop was re-elected 
clerk, which position he held until 1890. J. R. Foster 
succeeded , and is, our present clerk. 

On the 30th of July, 1888, Rev. Z. T. Whiteside was 
called as pastor, which position he has continuously filled 
since. His present term expires in August, 1891. 

We-will beg your attention for just a short time, wiiile 
we speak very briefly of Rev; W T . S. Splawm, who joined 
this church w T hen quite a boy. He was born near. Mill's 
Spring, N. C, and is a son of deacon Wm. Splawn and 
his wife Jane Splawn. He was licensed to preach March 
, 1st, 1879, and soon thereafter-left forW T ake Forest College, 
I where -he graduated with honor to himself and credit to 
the college. He was ordained to preach during his colle- 
giate term. After completing his education at Wake For- 
rest, he attended two terms at the Theological Seminar)-, 
Louisville, Ky. Upon leaving the seminary he accepted 
.the call of one or more churches in Kentucky, where he 
- still labors in the work of pointing sinners to "The Lamb 
1 .of God, who takes away the sins of the world." 

Respectfully submitted, J. A. Thorn. 



* 36 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



HISTORY 



OF — 



HOMTAn CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH, 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N. C., 

WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ALL HER PASTORS. 

17 89-18 91. 



BY A'DIN L. RUCKER 



To the Green River Association : ' ' " 

Dear Brethren — In the published proceedings of your body at its 
annual session at First Broad Baptist Church in 1889, 1 find the following: 

- "On motion, ordered histories of two of the oldest churches, whose 
date appears in the Minutes, written,' viz : Mountain Creek — A. L. 
Rucker, historian; White Oak — J. A. Thorn, historian." 

The task thus assigned me is exceedingly difficult. The records are 
torn, faded, missing or otherwise obliterated. These were first kept on 
foolscap paper, the parts of which were afterward sewed together in the 
form of a book. No published records prior to 1841 have been obtained, 
and what I have been able to gather since that date, have been received 
so late that they are only partially available. Asking your indulgence 
for the many imperfections of the work, I submit the following to your 
favorable consideration. 



ORGANIZATION. 

A presbytery met September 19, 1789, "to search into 
trie qualifications of a people on Mountain Creek," and on 
trie following Say organized them into a church with the 
following creed : * - . 

1st. We believe in one God; one Jesus Christ, both God and man; one 
Holy Spirit — three persons, but one eternal and living God. We believe 
'in baptism by immersion, and the laying on of hands. 

2d. We believe that man has lost his doing power in the fall of Adam, 
and cannot merit salvation by works. 

3d. We believe that as many as are saved it is by the free grace of 
God in Christ Jesus; and that his love to his children is unchangeable 
from before time to eternity. 

4th. We believe that God hath ordained the means of his grace for 
the completing (of) the mystical church in the hands of a mediator, 
Jesus Christ. - 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST .ASSOCIATION. 



37 



• 5th. We believe that God calls all mankind. He calls "by his judg- 
ments; "by his light of nature; and violence is not done to the will of any 
^creature; but the elect with an effectual and spiritual call. . 

6th. We believe that we are fully justified by the imputed righteous- 
ness of Jesus Christ, apprehended by faith. 

7th. We hold with progressive sanctification through God's grace and 
truth. .By faith-we have victory over the soul-destroying power of sin; 
yet expect to war and struggle with .the remains of corruption till we 
liave ended our pilgrimage here below. 

8th. We believe that the soul that has received the spirit of adoption, 
whereby it is made to cry "Aba, Father, " shall never fall finally, so as 
to be lost I 

9th. We believe in the resurrection of the Lord's life everlasting; and 
that at the general judgment God will judge ..the world by Jesus Christ; 
and true believers shall be welcomed to eternal rest and joy, while all 
the unbelieving reprobate crew shall be sentenced to perpetual banish- 
ment from the presence of the Lord,' without the hope of mercy or the 
.'mitigation of their torment. ~- 

/It is to be regretted, that the names of all /the brethren 
composing the/presbytery , = with the exception of the Mod- 
erator Permenter Morgan, have been lost to history. 

I'The \ church;*- thus constituted, .continued to Jive and 
prosper, until July 29, 1848 — nearly fifty-nine years — when 
the church adopted the following "Articles of Faith, 15 
which have remained unchanged until the present time. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH. 

1st. We believe in one only true and living God, and that there are 
:three persons in the Godhead — the 'Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost — 
and these three are one in substance, and equal in power and Glory. 

2d. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament is the 
Word of God, and the only Christian rule of faith and practice. 
, 3d. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4th. We believe in man's impotency to reclaim himself from the fallen 
estate which he is in, by his own free will and ability, separate from the 
covenant mercies of the atonement made in the person of Jesus Christ, 
and the influence of the Holy Spirit. . % . 

\ 5th. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God by the 
imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. 

6th. We b'elieve that saints shall persevere in grace, and that they 
shall never finalh- fall away. 

7th, We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
instituted by Jesus Christ, and that true believers are the only proper 
subjects thereof, 

8th. We believe that the true mode of "baptism is by immersion. 

9th. We believe that no person has the right to administer the ordi- 
nances but such as are regularly called and qualified thereunto. 

iolh. W 7 e believe in the resurrection of the dead and the general judg- 
ment ; that the punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting and the 
joys of the righteous eternal. 

The usual covenant follows. 

The following are the rules of the church as amended 

to date : 

RULES. 

1st. All members belonging to the church should attend each meeting 
- appointed for the transaction of business ; and a male member neglect- 
ing to attend shall at the ensuing meeting, if required, inform the church 
•of the cause of his absence; and if anv member absents himself and 



3S GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 

persists in such absence without a reasonable cause, he shall be excluded 
. from the fellowship of the church. i * 

2d. The church thus assembled and composed of a company of bap- 
- tized believers, shall have equal rights and privileges. 

3d. There shall be a Moderator and Clerk in all church conferences, 
and the Pastor shall be the Moderator, if present ; but should the Mod- 
erator or Clerk be absent, the vacancy may be filled by an appointment 
pro tempore. 

4th. Every meeting assembled for the transaction of business shall be 
opened and closed by prayer. 

5th. The conference shall open by offering an invitation to persons 
wishing to become members oftthe church, unless some reason exists for 
^ acting otherwise. - ' 

6th. (1) Invite visiting brethren of other Baptist churches of the same 
faith and order to seats with us ; (2) take up the unfinished business of 
last meeting, which shall either be dispatched or continued ; (3) inquire 
for the fellowship of the church, and if anything has taken place which 
has broken the fellowship, it shall then be mentioned. - 

7th. 7 No objection to fellowship ought to be made if the case be a per- 
sonal or private offense, unless the proper steps have been taken, as 
directed in the eighteenth chaptersof our Lord's Gospel by St. Matthew. 

8th. In the discussion of any subject each member shall have an equal 
right or privilege to move, second, amend, or express his views ■] 

•9th. No subject shall be debated unless it be brought up by a move 
and second ; and every motion so presented shall be submitted to the 
church, unless the same be withdrawn. - * 

: 10th. When any subject is in order for discussion, ^any member may 
speak by leave of the Moderator as often as twice, but not oftener, with- 
--■ out leave of the l>ody. -.< . 

nth. But one member, who must confine his remarks to the subject, 
j must speak at the same time, land shall make no remarks on the slips 
or meagre oratory of others. Members wishing to speak must rise and ' 
stand upon their feet while speaking, and when done resume their 
seats. .- '. ' " . ' - - ' 

12th. When any subject has been debated, or otherwise prepared for 
the action of. the church, the motion may be called ; and~upon this call 
the Moderator shall submit the motion, or motions, as the case may be, 
to^the church for final action. An account shall be taken of the num- 
ber of votes for and against each proposition ; and if a majority be 
ibund on either side the case is then at an end— the minority yielding to 
a majority, except in the reception of members, which shall be unani- 
mous. . , ' . 

13th. If there be an equal number of votes, on each side, 'the decision . 
is to be "left to the Moderator, but under no other circumstances is the 
Moderator to vote. •_' '-' 

14th. The Moderator shall have an equal right to discuss or debate 
'any subject, provided he appoints some one to act .as Moderator, and £ 
observe the rules given to govern others. . 

i5th. It shall be the duty of the Deacons of the church to collect, if 
possible, b} T subscription or otherwise, a sum sufficient to reward the' 
Pastor of the church for his ministerial labor. 

16th. Each member shall contribute, according to his ability, to the 
support of the Pastor of the church. • t 

17th. "No member shaLL-be tried or suspended without due notice, if 
any doubt of his guilt exists, provided said member has not gone beyond 
the reach or knowledge of the church. , " 

18th: No member of this body shall make or sell spirituous liquors, - 
or give aid by selling to any distiller or his agents any product he might 
distill, or have distilled ; and no member shall perform any functions of 
office connected with distilling, or use anj* spirituous liquors unless it be 
for medicine or for mechanical purposes. 

I h 19th. These rules shall be read at the request of the church at any 
conference meeting. ' . -.-,'.,-. 

; 20th. Any of these rules ma}' be altered upon the will 'of a maiority, 
notice having been given from one meeting to the next. 



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GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 39 

.Though -not embodied among the rules as they are at 
present formulated, a -strong resolution was proposed 
.against plays, dancing and -revelry at July meeting, 1878, 
and voteo* down. It was again revived and passed at April 
meeting, 1879. 



EARLY HISTORY. 

\ rThe 'church * chose Penninter - Morgan as their pastor 
September 20th, 1789, He accepted the call on condition 
that "he -should obtain M helps." t The church accordingly 
petitioned Brown's church and Joseph Camp's church for 
the required helps. 

For some years the services were held quarterly. About 
1794 monthly services were first held, aud the communion 
meetings held quarterly..* These communion meetings be- 
gan 011 Friday, and all members were compelled by rule to 
-attend and to partake of the elements under pain of excom- 
munication. 

The >church early established what they designated 
v arms," at distant points, which were, in fact, component 
parts of the mother or central church. The sendees, com- 
munions and conferences were frequently transferred to 
these "arms." When a member was, for any ■ cause, . cen- 
sured, he was notified to appear at the central or most 
central "arm " for trial. Among, the u arms "most fre- 
quently mentioned are the following ; Silver Creek, Rob- 
ertson's Creek. Head of the River,, the Lower Meeting 
House, 5 the School House, Round Hill or "the Log 
Meeting House, and Shiloh. r - Several, of these developed 
later into independent churches. 

The church first attached itself to the Charlestown Asso- 
ciation, Money was provided in si 790 to defray the 
expenses of the delegates. Later it identified Itself -with 
the Tiger River, the Bethel, the Broad River, and the 
Green .River Associations, in the order named, helping to 
organize, the latter in 1841, ;. and the Broad River in 1800. 

Witchcraft was, at the -time the church was organized, 
a very popular superstition, A query, presented to the 
church in conference, July 16, 1790, elicited the following 
repl y : ' '/ After some \ debate, that all of the like nature, 
past acted, was looked on- as if never acted ; and, for the 
future, not to proceed without consulting the body in such 
like cases as witchcraft." ' 

This should not cause any very great surprise when it is 
-remembered that in. Salem, Mass., in 1692, twenty per- 
sons were capitally punished, and. more than fifty others 



40 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

were tortured into a confession, and the jails ^vere filled 
with those accused. „ Laws were passed against them in 
the reign of James I. of England ; a royal edict had 
.been issued against them in France, and trials were fre-' • 
quent in Sweden. * ' Such delusions,'? says Holmes, \ J pre- 
vailed everywhere." " Not much wonder, then, that the 
early churches viewed with caution' a subject that had 

.so recently been attracting the leading governments of the 
civilized world. Again the subject was agitated, for we 
find the following entry at the February- meeting, 1791 '•': 
il It is unanimously, agreed that no brother or sister shall 
undertake any strange or uncommon thing without con- 
sulting the eldership of the church." This seems to have 

"ended the matter, as no subsequent mention appears among 
the records. 

Foot-Washing. — This subject was first discussed in' 
conference January 1792. The church not agreeing, .all 
were allowed liberty of conscience without any bar to fel- 

* lowship. c The duty, however, ; was made binding in June, ' 
1807, -and observed in August following. It was occasion- 
ally practiced as late as 1845. * n May, 1844, we find the 

'following : > 

Resolved, That the Thursday after the fourth Lord's Day in June 
next, be set apart by Mountain Creek Church for prayer and fasting and 
feet-washing, and that Mount Vernon and .Bill's Creek churches and 
their preachers be petitioned to come and be vrith us on that day. 

Again at the 'May meeting, 1845, the church set. apart a 
day in July following for its observance, and petitioned 
aiders James Blythe, S. G. Hamilton and J*. Cantrell to be 
with , them. The record for July .says : . u . The church, 
then being in fellowship, set in order the things that were ; 
wanting " — proving conclusively that ' the object' of the 
meeting was complied with. 'These instances are the last 
on record, and occurred during the pastorate of the vener- 
able T. B. Justice, now of Rutherford ton. 

Banns of Matrimony. — In the early history of the 
church, a license, as now required b) 7 law, was not neces- 
sary to legalize matrimony. When a minister married a 
couple, he was. required by a law of the church to publish 
the nuptials from the sacred pulpits of -all the churches in 
the county of wmich he had charge. Such, publication 
constituted legal evidence of marriage in the courts of the 
State. Ministers were not required, however, to publish 
such " banns of matrimony ' v in any other than the. county 
in which the couple resided, as shown in the proceedings 
of January and April meetings, 1793.. " 



GREEN. RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 41 

_ RISE AND PROGRESS. 

/ j 

:At the annual meeting of the Green River Association, 
1845, we find the following entries : 

Request of Cooper's Gap Church taken up, calling on the churches 
for their rise and progress. 

* ^Resolved, That the churches are requested to give the same as soon 
as possible. 

« In April 1846, Eld. T. B. Justice, and Brethren James 
Keeler, Thomas \ Harris, and Jesse T. Lewis were appointed 
a committee u to make out the rise .and progress/ of this 
church." As a result of their labors we find the follow- 
ing embodied in the .minutes of the Association, 1846: 

It can only be ascertained from the early records t)f this church that it 
was constituted in Septemher, A..X). 17S9. From near the period of its 
first existence up to A. D. 1812, Elder P. Morgan presided over its delib- 
erations, and discharged successfully the other pastoral duties of the 
Church, so that, as early as 1792, its number had increased to -eighty- 
iseven members. Elder D. Brown succeeded Elder P. Morgan for the 
term of -one year, and after that the church was destitute of its regular 
supply until A. D. 1819, during which period it dwindled into great cold- 
ness and declension. Elder P. Morgan then resumed, and continued to 
exercise its pastoral functions up to the time of his death, A. D. 1824. 
He was succeeded by Elder A. Webb, who discharged the duties of that 
station until A. D. 1837. Elder H. W. Patterson, who had been ordained 
\to the ministry in A. D. 1834, by a presbytery composed of Elders A. 
AVebb, S. Bruce and J. W; Wilkey, was then chosen pastor, the duties of 
'which he continued to fill until A. D. 1840. He was then succeeded by 
Elder J. M. Webb, who supplied it with the administration of the Word 
of Life until A. D. 1848. Elder T. B. Justice followed, and has continued 
to discharge that high trust up to the present time. At several periods 
.-during its long history this church has been favored with especial mani- 
festations of the visitation of love and mercy from the. King of Zion, by 
which its numbers have been frequently increased, amounting in A. D. 
1832 to 95 members. By dismissions, given in several cases to organize, 
ubiher churches, it has only a present total of 70 members. 



THE CHURCH-DIVIDED. 

Even at the time the above record was closed, the seeds 
of disruption had been sown, that were destined to produce; 
a harvest of dissension, discord and division, that w T ould 
require the life of a generation to permanently heal. 

The Green ) River and Salem Associations were corre- 
sponding bodies. The churches of the latter were, in the 
main, west of the Blue Ridge. In 1844 the Salem called 
a convention for the purpose of effecting a union with 
-what was known as the Big Ivy Association, who were 
known as Free Will Baptists. At the sessions of 1845 the 
Salem and Big Ivy agreed-upon an abstract, under which 
the Big Ivy proposed union and correspondence, 1846. 
The Salem, however, having recognized the baptisms of 
the Big Ivy, and otherwise having agreed upon the basis 
of the proposed union, deferred from their action until the 



• 42 . GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

cliurches of the Salem. could have additional^ time to labor 
with a few dissatisfied members. Soon after this a- diffi- 
culty arose in Little River Church, in Henderson county, 
in regard to' the proposed union of the two Associations, 
resulting in the exclusion of a prominent member of that 
church, who afterward sought redress by asking Elder H v 
W. Patterson and others to assist him. These met at Lit- 
tle River on Friday preceding the regular meeting on Sat- 
urday, March 25, 1848, and had certain proceedings in 
the absence of the church, v The committee- again met on 
Saturday and proceeded to exclude the church,. and held 
the excluded member as ,'the church. ;, In consequence of 
•this action the Salem Association was strongly memorial- 
ized to exclude from its councils these offending brethren. 
The Association, on the contrary, 'accepted the report of 
the committee and ruled out the delegates 1 of the church; 
whereupon the delegates of this church, with the delegates 
of- seven other churches, withdrew from the Salem Associ- 
ation. These churches held a preliminary meeting in 
Hendersonville on the 14th day of August, and issued a 
call for a convention, which met at Boiling Springs camp 
ground, where \ they .organized the Union 'Association -on 
the 31st of October, 1848. The subject of union with the 
new Association was discussed in the Green River this 
year, but no conclusion was reached. In 1849 Cooper's 
Gap .Church sent -up a query asking about communing' 
with the members of the Union Association. The church, 
having previously divided upon the Free Will question, 
sent two sets of delegates. '- The time had, come when the 
Green' River was forced to take some decided action in the 
matter formerly existing . among the Salem, Big Ivy and 
Union Associations. A committee was appointed by the 
Association to go to Cooper's Gap. Those who refused to 
take the advice of the. Association were, to be reported at 
-the next meeting, and -'those who choose to remain with 
us as heretofore, upon the old Baptist principles, are to "be 
set Mn order and advised ~by_ the committee?';' The Green 
River thus emphatically refused union and correspondence 
with the Union Association. \ 

This disaffection had sprung up in Mountain Creek and 
Cooper's Gap churches. about the same time, and developed 
later at Round Hill. Quite a number of the members at 
Mountain Creek were dissatisfied with the trend of religious 
sentiment. Added to this, the pastor, Elder T. B. Justice 
was no longer willing to submit to the will of the Associa- 
tion. Accordingly he, with thirty-four members, with- 
drew from the church, August, 1849, to attach themselves 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 43 

to the Union Association. The "church in December fol- 
lowing sent for them all "to -be at their next conference 
meeting, -in January, 1850. -.Failing to attend, their names 
were stricken from the roll of the church. Pending the: 
action of the church upon a request to get the use of the 
house as a place of worship, the lH renting" brethren built 
a house of their own about one-half mile east of Mountain 
Creek and called it Providence. r " When this was known, 
Mountain Creek at February meeting passed the following: 

Resolved, That until further application [for^ the use of the house as 
a place of worship,] the consideration of the question be dismissed. 

The two churches, thus constituted, maintained their 
separate . organizations without any connection whatever 
until December, 1854, when Providence "applied "by letter^' 
for a. union of the two churches. Again Tvlder T. Br 
Justice came to Mountain Creek in January, 1855, and, | 
after preaching himself to the membership of. the two 
churches assembled here, applied for the union of the two 
churches upon" the terms agreed on in a convention of the' 
Salem and Tjnion Associations held in i854- : The prop- 
osition was rejected upon the ground that the Green River 
Association had not been invited to participate in the con- 
vention. So the first step toward reconciliation, ' to the 
disappointment of many of the brethren was a failure.. 

In the .meantime -the. Tiger River and Broad River 
Associations had -gone to work with a view to getting up 
a reconciliation between the Green River and Union Asso- 
ciations. A committee of six able and conservative 
, brethren had been appointed by these Associations to recon- 
cile ihe- differences between -the Green River and Union 
Associations— provided the latter Association would, accept 
them." . • ' 

To give a definite idea of the magnitude of the work 
this committee were to perform, and the* differences which- 
I existed between the churches, I will give -the published 
4 proceedings of the Green River Association for 1855, z ^5^ 
and 1857 :~. ; ' ; . 

Proceedings of the Green River Association at Sessions of 
__- 1855, at head of First Broad. - 
Considered the subject of union with the Union Association, .at the 
I request of various churches through their letters. After investigation 
the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted : 
. Whereas, There was a part} 7 rent off from the old - French 'Broad 
Association, in 182S, calling themselves. Free Wills, or Liberty Baptists, 
"under the name of Big Ivy, which repudiated eternal, particular and 
unconditional election, and held forth in their preaching Armenianism 
in some -of its most objectionable features; received members, and set 
apart officers which (in our view 7 ) failed to possess the Scriptural qualifi- 
cations for those positions — refusing in strong terms to follow the old 
family of Baptists, who adhered to the old Baptist doctrine and -discip- 
line ;- and — ' • - . ' - • 3 - 



44 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 

Whereas, A part of the Salem Association, under the influence of 
Elder James Blythe, left the Salem and Tefused to fellowship, uniting 
-with a portion of said Big Ivy Association, did organize an association, 
calling it the Union Baptist Association; and 

Whereas, There were & few of our churches (prior to the formation 
of said Armenian Association lived in' peace and harmony,) were dis- ■ 
.turbed and divided under the influence of Elder T. B. Justice — leading 
off a part of three of our churches from their homes ; forming three 
churches immediately in the vicinity of said churches, which joined the' 
•Union Association, refusing to live with or be identified with us (Green" 
River,) unless we would fellowship J. Blythe's association, which we 
i could not consistently do, for the following reasons : 

1st. \The3' received some members in connection with the Old French 
.Broad, who left her in confusion and disorder, as the minutes of said 
association show. 

, 2d. They received churches and members living in the Tuckasiege 
Association, with which the Tuckasiege could not officiate. 

3d. They received members led off from the Tyger River Association, 
«and raised "up in her boundary, under J. Guthrie's .influence, with which'; 
' the Tyger River brethren could -not, nor would riot, officiate. We.are 
also informed they received members excluded from the Tyger, with 
-whom the Tyger brethren -could not commune. 

4th. They received members since their separation from us who were 
excluded from our fellowship, and others who were under censure." 
Because they have received persons baptized by Pedo-Baptists, and 
-thereby -acknowledge them as proper persons to administer the ordi- 
nance. 

5th. Because they held (or have until lately,) that same repudiating 
article held by the Big Ivy, condemning and repudiating the doctrine of 
election by grace, and thereby disturbing our union. And if they should 
drop that article in the constitution, or the whole constitution, they 
should state that it was done to place them on old Baptist principles. 

But inasmuch as the brethren of Tyger River and Broad River Asso- 
ciations have expressed a desire to see us in peace and as one united 
family, and have kindly recommended us to refer the whole difficulties 
to certain able and pious ministers of their bodies, viz : T. -Curtis, D.D., 
J. C. Furman, Richard Furman, J. G. Landrum,,J. S. Edwards, D. 
Scruggs, M. C Barnet and W. Hill ; therefore — 

Resolved, That we are willing to refer all the difficulties pending to 
the above committee, which committee was selected without the least 
knowledge of a member of this body. 

Resolved, That until a settlement is made, we cannot receive into our 
councils or fellowship an}' of the renting brethren or members of their 
churches. 

Resolved, That should a settlement be made between the Salem and 
Union, in which the -doctrines of our church are sustained, and the 
churches that rent off from this body will return to the churches from 
which they rent — .provided those who were under dealings, or excluded, , 
undergo an investigation "in the ordinary way";' we.-will be fully satisfied. 
As to the local difficulties existing between the Salem and Union Associ- 
ations, should they be settled with themselves ~We will be satisfied. 

The next meeting, in 1856, was held with onr church at 
Mountain' Creek.- No decisive action having been taken 
by the committee, as agreed on last year, the breach be- 
tween the Green River and Union Associations had not 
been materially^ changed, except that in the minds of a 
great number of members it was noticeably apparent that 
the-desire for union was ; daily . becoming stronger. The 
following preamble and resolutions were adopted at this 
session : 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 45 

Whereas, There •have existed serious difficulties between this and 
the Union Association, growing out of an unhappy decision of .this 
and the Salem Association, which 'resulted in the organization of the said 
Union Association ; and— - . > 

Whereas, We see a proposition for a settlement in the minutes of the 
Union. Association, agreeing to refer the whole matter to disinterested 
brethren chosen by each party, &c, therefore — 

Resolved, That we feel extremely desirous for an honorable, amicable 
settlement and union With any and every Baptist agreeing with us in 
doctrine/ ordinances and form of government, -which we think we set 
forth in our last year's Minutes, in agreeing "to. a proposition made by 
our esteemed brethren of -sister associations. 

Resolved (further),. That we are yet, willing to refer 'the matter, as set 
forth;iri bur last Minutes, either to those Chosen, or we will choose three 
brethren, and they three and those six choose a seventh— provided the 
whole be chosen from the Tyger River "and Broad River Associations and 
that said committee, if agreed to by the' Union,- meet at~ Hendersonville, 
N/C, on Friday before the first Sabbath in April, 1857. 

The association unanimously selected and requests Elders Wm. Curtis, 
"M."C. Barnett and W. Hill to act as their- portion of said committee- 
provided the Union accedes to the proposition 

Resolved, That we appoint Elders j. C- Grayson, L. McCurry and B. 
"Bruce ; to represent us before the committee bT referees — provided they 
meet as set forth in the foregoing resolutions. " ' ■•;■•'• ' : 

' The. record of 1857 shows : 

The following report in relation to the settlement of the difficulties 
between the Union and Green River Associations was .read and unani- 
mously adopted, viz.: 

% In obedience to request of the Union ancLGreen River Associations, at 
their sessions of last j r ear, the committee met at Hendersonville, agree- 
able to request, on the 3d day of April last, and submitted the following 
basis for a settlement, viz. :■ -^ 

Report of Committee on Green River and Union Associations' 
. Difficulties. . .. 

The committee of brethren appointed by the- Green River and Union 
Associations to take into consideration the difficulties subsisting between 
these bodies, met according to appointment, and after a patient examina- 
tion of all the facts and circumstances involved in the premises, pre- 
sent the following as their unanimous repojt : , 

" Before proceeding to announce their decision &s to the matters referred 

•"to them, they cannot withhold the expression of their pleasure arid 

their devout gratitude to God at the marked Christian courtesy and 

kindness; which .pervaded the spirit and the tone of the communications 

-of the respective representations of. both parties. There was an evident 

and noble desire to exhibit the whole truth. 'The brethren, in the spirit 

of conciliation, all felt that important interests were involved — that the 

^truth was to be spoken, but - spoken in love, and that results of bigh 

..' moment to the peace and prosperity of Zion depended upon the harmb- 

-nious adjustment of their difficulties. Avoiding aTl asperity of remark 

g and unkind personal allusions, they addressed themselves to the sole 

-work of stating their grievances and defending their positio'ns. - 

With this prefatory statement' the committee, herewith submit their 
-decision. , -._,'/-' 

In the preamble to the articles embodying their grievances, the Green 
River Association charge that the Union Association was formed in part 
from the Big Ivy. Association, which repudiated eternal, particular and 
•unconditional election ; and in the fifth item they charge that they (the 
' Union Association) hold the repudiating article .of the above-named 
Association touching the election of grace. The committee, after an 
. examination of the Articles of Faith of the Union Association,-' are 
"unanimouslj^ under the impression that there is nothing in those articles 
which can be objected to on the score of orthodox}'. The}' find, how-" 



46 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 




ever, in the constitution of the association that the fourteenth article 1 
holds the following language: 

"This Association will discountenance and repudiate the doctrine of 
unconditional election and reprobation." 

' They recommend that this article be expunged from the constitution, 
inasmuch as the committee regard it as inconsistent with their Articles 9 
of Faith. . 

The Green River Association charge that some of their churches were 
disturbed and divided under the influence of Elder T. B. Justice, so that 
portions of three of their churches were led off and formed other 
churches iu their immediate vicinity which united with the Union Asso- 
ciation. 

The committee after an investigation of the matters involved in this 
charge, feel bound to say that they regard the formation of these 
churches, under the circumstances of the case, as contrary to the order 
and usages of the Baptist denomination, and therefore to be regretted. 
.They think that the parties withdrawing should return, and be received 
again" into the fellowship of the bodies with which they were originally 
:onnected; and that, on all sides, Christian charity and forbearance 
hould he exercised, in view of the excited feelings, and the peculiar 
cumstances which attended these divisions. The - committee in this 
connection cannot withhold >an expression x>f their hearty approval and 

ommendation of the spirit of conciliation indicated by Brother Justice," 

d of his earnest and self-sacrificing work for the healing of these 

reaches in Zion. 

The Green River Association charge that divers irregularities were 
committed by the Union Association in the reception of members into 
their churches who had left other chnrches in confusion and disorder. 
The committee find that there have been cases in which such members" 
liave been received in what they deem an improper and disorderly man- 
ner. This they believe is to be entirely accounted for by the high 
excitement of the times, is equally regretted by all parties, and should 
no longer constitute a barrier to fraternal harmony and union. 

The Green River Association charge that the churches of the Union 
Association have received into their fellowship persons baptized by Pedo- 
Baptist ministers. The committee feel bound to express their unani- 
mous and' most decided conviction of the irregularity of this practice. 
They would add, however, that this is a matter which they think the 
Association should not touch, but leave to the action of individual 
churches. 

The committee are under the impression that in these unfortunate con- 
tests some individuals on both sides have been betrayed into hard say- 
ings and imprudencies of action, demanding the exercise of -the spirit of 
mutual concession and Christian charity. 

In conclusion,' the committee would express the hope and the confi- 
dent persuasion that this decision will be accepted by their brethren, and 
will constitute the basis of a firm and enduring union. Its acceptance, 
theylionestly think, will be alike honorable to both parties; will be 
gratifying to the denomination in general, and will largely promote the 
interests of our beloved Zion through all these mountain regions. And 
now, breth i en, we commend you to God and the word of his grace, 
which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among 
them that are sanctified. ■■"■ ' 

John J. Landrum, Moderator. ' 

R. FURMAN, Secretary. ., ■ 

D. Scruggs, . 
W. Hili, 
: M. C. Barnett, 

Wm.Wai.ker, A.S.A., 

Committee. 

Hendersonville, N. C, April 4th, 1857. 

* Following the report of the committee, the Minutes 
show : 1 " - 

It is with pleasure that we are able to say that the Union Association, 









. GREEN RIVEJl BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. ;: ^47 

a s a body, has complied with the above request of tbe committee, in 
striking out the 14th Article of the Constitution; and Ivy Hill Church 
has returned to Cooper's Gap, and Providence to Mountain Creek; and 
the only one yet remaining is Liberty Hill, and that the Union Asso- 
ciation has withdrawn from her; thereby peace and tranquility has been 
restored between us. 

Resolved, That we return our sincere thanks to elders T.G. Landrum, 
R. Furman, W. Hill, M. C- Barnett, D. Scruggs and brother Wm. Wal- 
ker, A. B. H., for their response to our call in meeting to settle the diffi- 
culties which marred eur peace; aud for their faithful and impartial 
investigation of said difficulties and the just and equitable report they 
submitied. 

, The entire membership of the church at Providence re- 
turned in a body to Mountain Creek, May 16, 1857, after 

. .an* estrangement of nearly eight years, where they were 
received with open arms. The two pastors, Wm. .HarriH* 
of Mountain Creek, and T. B. Justice of Providence, 

^preached. The recollections of the past no longer consti- 

I tuted a bar to fellowship. • The wandering children were 
again safe in the mother's arms. A revival of great power 

r ; and significance began in the church on that day, and. con- 
tinued in the hearts of the people during many months; 
Besides, the J return of thirty-nine members from Provi- 
dence, forty -five were added to the membership of the 
church by experience, and six by letter, making a total 

i increase in the membership of "ninety names before the 
meeting of the Association in October. Of those who pro- 
fessed religion during these meetings, the denomination 

I gained three active ministers of the gospel. 

Elder John R. Bowman, ordained Jan. 17, 1863. After 

j preaching in this county until 1867 or '68, he removed to 

. ^Tennessee, where he remained some years in the active 
service of his Master. He removed thence to Pilot Point, 
Texas, where he died Jan. 18, 1888. 

Elder W. Haynes, ordained Sept. 20, 1862. Removed 
first to Haywood county, but is now living in Buncombe 
county. (See Pastors.) 

Elder J. C. Sorrels, though not ordained until Novem- 
ber, 1886, is doing efficient work as a preacher in the 
bounds of the Association. '(See Preachers.) j 

1840 to 1860.- — This may properly, we think, be 're- ;4 
garded as the period of transition with the Mountain Creek 
church. .Superstition, Arms, assuming the ."watch care" 
of members of other and distant churches, feet- washing as 
an ordinance, with many like things, including the origi- 

- nal creed of the church, were relegated to the past. New 
Articles of Faith, more specific and more comprehensive, 
together with a new code of rules for the government of ! 
the church, were adopted, and the living issues of to- ; 



'45 • GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

day— Temperance, Beneficence, Education, Missions, and 
. Sunday Schools — were first inaugurated- 

Some of- these will be briefly noticed under their a£>pro- ' 
^priate heads. 

TEMPERANCE. 

To present the subject properly we must go back to the 
beginning of the history of the church. . Then everybody 
who chose to do so,- made whisky, and all were allowed to 
drink it. provided they kept .it within reasonable limits: - 
But even with so wide a range to the liberties of ever}' 
man's conscience as this, the church 'had to'meet this arch 
-enemy on the very threshold of its existence. , The use of 
intoxicants was then, as' now, .giving ^ more- trouble to 
society and the church' than most other ' sins combined. 

In the first year, 1790, a member was excluded : for "fid- 
dling and drinking ;" another for "drinking to excess" in ^ 
.1791; and another for" the same offense in 1793. The pas- 
tor* of the church was censured in 1794 for drinking. 
Again in 1800 he offered a complaint against himself, 
/'respecting beings overtaken in liquor, ".for w T hich he was 
"after some labour, excused and set at liberty. " 

This was followed by the confession of -a lay member, 
1S01, w T ho was restored and cautioned by the church "not 
to drink in such company. " The same brother was, four 
months later, excluded "for drinking too much -spirituous . 
liquor; 1 ' Two members were excluded in 1803 for the same 
cause. Another member; who had given the church .a 
great deal of trouble on this subject, was excluded in 1808^ 
but "afterward restored. 

Such instances as these were frequent and cannot all be 
noticed. Rev. Gideon Thompson, the brother who would ~ 
preach, (see preachers elsewhere) charged himself . with 
drinking too much in 1835, but was restored. Another 
member was excluded that year and one in 1836. 

The first organized effort against this evil began by the 

passage in' 1852 of .the first. .temperance resolution in" the . 

Association.' ' It was-not, however, until the passage of the 

following in 1857 by that body that Mountain Creek put 

herself" squarely on -record on this subject. 

- Resohed, That this Association will withdraw from any church that 
permits any member to distil or retail spirituous liquors. 

The churcH pledged herself in March, 1858, to stand by 

the above resolution. Again a temperance resolution was 

offered in conference in January, 1859, the action on which 

was deferred to February, when it was voted down, The , 

query, "Is it according to gospel order for a member of the 

church to use ardent spirits as a beverage," was then sub- 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION 49 

.mitted; "but this also," says the record, -"was voted out." 
These acts produced cousiderable dissatisfaction, and at 
the March ^meeting the above was rescinded and the follow- 
ing appears as the first original expression of the church 
on this subject : 

Resolved, That the resolution formerly nassed by the church, to which 
we were advised by the Association, stand in all its force; and that we 
will have no fellowship with the maker or vendor of ardeat spirits. 

Resolved, That we recommend our members to abstain from the use 
of intoxicating liquors as a beverage. 

It was agreed, February, i860, that no member of this 
body shall use intoxicattng liquors except for -medicinal 
•or mechanical purposes. 

Under these .rulings, charges were preferred against two 
'members the same year — one for stilling, the * other for 
s riavinghis fruit distilled. The former was excluded, the 
latter restored upon a promise that no brandy would be 
sold except for "medical or mechanical purposes. " Another 
%was excluded because he boasted that he "bought, sold 
and drank liquor," and another for drunkenness. In 1862 
a second member was excluded for stilling, and a female 
for having her fruit distilled. 

During this crisis a deacon of the church, Martin Har- 
.ris, was disciplined for an unguarded expression in his zeal 
for the -temperance movement^ Certain members ,of the 
late church at Providence construed the remarks as per- 
sonal. The matter -was, however, satisfactorily settled 
without any serious trouble. . ? 

Not less than sixty cases of censure under these and sub- 
sequent rulings have occurred since, of whom twenty-seven 
at least have been excluded. From these facts it will 
appear that the church,, having once fixed upon a princi- 
ple, has under all circumstances dared to carry it out to 
the letter. 

In January, 1889, the Legislature of North Carolina was 
memorialized as follows.: 

To the Honorable, the General Assembly of North Carolina : 

At a meeting of the Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Rutherford 
^county, N. Gr, the following resolution was adopted : 
. Resolved, That the membership of Mountain Creek Baptist Church, 
Rutherford county, N.C., in regular conference assembled, this the 19th 
day of January, 186$, do hereby memorialize the Genera! Assembly of 
. North Carolina, now in session, Xo enact a law incorporating said church 
so as to prohibit the sale of spirituous liquors iD a radius of three miles 
from said church as a centre : Or in lieu thereof, a law submitting the 
question of said prohibitory law to the qualified voters in the territory 
embraced. 

Done in Church Conference and signed by order of the same. 

Elder Z. T. Whiteside, Moderator pro tern. 
H. Pobtkum, C. C. pro tern. 

At April meeting, 1889, ^ e church having received 



5 o GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 

notice of the passage of an act submitting the question 
above referred to to the qualified voters, the clerk was au- 
thorized to apply by petition to the commissioners of the 
county for an order of election. This request, with the 
time limited to ten years, was granted. At the election 
held on the 8th day of June, only two votes were cast 
against the measure. So the church stands incorporated 
as above until the 8th day of June, 1899. 

Rule 18, as amended June, 1890, is perhaps the strong- 
est of its kind in this Association. The reader is referred 
to the subject of ."Rules" for its exact language. It pro- 
hibits the sale of farm and orchard products to distillers 
;and their agents by members of the church, and provides | 
for the exclusion of Government officers engaged in legal- 
izing the liquor traffic in any way. 

SABBATH SCHOOLS., 

■ 

The first mention made of Sabbath Schools in the Asso- 
ciation was in 1853; but no effort was made to organize a 1 
school at Mountain Creek until April, i860, when W. 
Haines, N. M. Kirkpatrick, P. B. Justice and J. T. Lewis 
were designated as superintendents with power to select 3 
teachers. Again it was agreed, a year later, to revive the 
Sunday school work. In February, 1863, J. T. Lewis was 
selected as librarian to take charge of the S. S. books until 
called for. No mention is made of the subject again until : j 
April, 1873, when it was agreed to meet and organize on 
the next Sabbath. .Substantially the same entry appears 
in April, 1876.' The school, was again organized in 1877, 
with R. S. Callahan superintendent. This is the first year 
the Association reported the schools of the separate 
churches. In 1878 it appears that the school was reported 
with 78 scholars, but the Superintendent's name is not 
given. • 

About this time the S. S. convention of the Green River 
Association was first organized, and Mountain Creek was 
represented in this convention in 1879, and reported 130 
-scholars, but the Superintendent's name is not given. 

Again the school was represented in the convention in 
1881 and 1882, and frequently since. D. B. F. Harrell 
was superintendent in 1880, but no report for i88i r or 1882 
appears. W. T. Lewis, supt. 1883 reports 76 scholars. ,W." 
T. Lewis and D. B. F. Harrell were again put in charge of 
a' school of 60 scholars in 1884. >JL Portrum was super- 
intendent in 1885. "No report is given for 1886. 1887 H. 
Portrum and H. P. Lynch, superintendents, had 131 
scholars in school.: ''H. P. Lvnch had charee of the school 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 51 

in 1888. The school has been wholly discontinued for the 
-past two years. 

The contributions were usually small, in two instances 
only reaching the sum of two dollars. The terms lasted 
from six to eight months in the year. 

v ; These facts are not so creditable to the church as we 
would like to have them, but they are simply what the 
records show. Very little pains have been taken hereto- 
fore, to give full S. S. statistics, but we hope clerks in 
future will be more particular to obtain and record all im- 
portant facts pertaining to this class of church work. 

BENEFICENCE. 
. We shall present under this head — 

I. Pastors^ salaries and church expenses. 

II. Missions. . 

III. Education. / 

(1.) The amount paid pastors as far as can be obtained 
at present from subscription lists or published reports are 
as follows : - _ • 

Perminter Morgan — 1802, $19.10; 1803, $40.05; 1804, 
$31.20; .1805, $24.38; 1806, $27; 1822, $9.75. 
.'David Doil — 1812, $5.50. 

Alfred Webb — 1828, $20; 1829, $12.50; 1830, $17.50; 
{1831, $17; 1832, $22.50; 1833, $30. 

W. Haynes — 1864, $58.90. 

W. H. Logan — 1866, $65; 1869, $30.77; 1868, $14; 
1869, $26. ' ' . 

Wm. Harrill— 1863, #5°- 

CB. Justice— 1871, $23; 1873, $38.80. 

The next year (1873) the Association began to publish 
statistics more fully. Salaries with other objects for which 
the church made annual contributions will be embodied 
later, showing the items in detail. 

Church Expenses. — In October, 1799, Wm. Hills was 
elected first treasurer of the church. A committee was 
appointed August, 1827, to assess the church for the sup- 
port of the gospel, and a similar committee to tax all 
members to defray church expenses was appointed 1834. 
Joseph U. Whiteside was elected treasurer Oct. 17, 1841. 

April, 1858, the church agreed to earn 7 out a former 
rule requiring each member, according to his ability, to 
.contribute to the support of the gospel. 

D. W. Geer and M. Harris have each served as treasurer 
of, the church. J. W, Lewis succeeded the latter in 1882. 



52 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

II.— MISSIONS. 
Missionary enterprises in our country are of compara- 
tively recent date. None of the Associations to which our 
church belonged prior to its connection with the Green 
River, so far as we have been able to learn, fostered any- 
thing of ^this sort ; nor did the Green Hiver itself 
Tegard it necessary* to organize for this work until 
four years after its formation. In 1845 Elder .T. B. 
Justice, who was then pastor of Mountain Creek church, 
introduced a resolution in the Association, providing for the 
'employment of two ministers for two months each of their 
time to do "Home Mission Work, ". as it was then called, 
in the bounds of the Association. A fund of sixty dollars 
was allowed fo j carrying out the -provisions of the above 
resolution, and -a committee, consisting of Toliver Davis, 
John Bostic and Joseph U. Whiteside— ?the latter a member - 
of our church — appointed to .carry out its provisiens by 
soliciting funds, and appointing and remunerating the mis- 
sionaries. << 

J. C. Grayson and J. M. Webb were selected as the first 
missionaries in the Association. The idea of engaging the 
best talent in the Association was doubtless a good one; 
but that these ministers should each furnish his own horse, 
and brave the mountain passes amid the pelting rains, . 
howling winds and raging storms for the meagre salary of 
$15 a month, is to us a -mystery. That they complied with 
the demands of the Association is fully verified as subse- 
quent reports fully show. 

Mountain Creek contributed one dollar and fifty cents 
toward the salary of these men, in October, a 845, which 
was the first ever given by the church to Missions. 

The work of the Association, so inauspiciously begun, 

-was continued in 1846, with Elders B. Bruce and L. 

McCurry missionaries, with time and salary fixed as before. 

The work this year was directed mainly to Harmony Grove, 

Silver Creek -and Cooper's Gap churches. 

Al though JDr. Johnson had preached by special request 
a sermon on the subjectof Missions in 1845, Elder James 
Blythe has the credit of preaching the first associational 
missionary sermon at the session of 1846 at High Shoal 
church. The cusfom has been kept up, I believe, at all 
the sessions since. 

Mountain Creek contributed three dollars and sixteen 
cents for associational missions in 1846. 

The plans as inaugurated in 1845 a f ter a ^ experiment^ 
of two years, were discontinued in 1847, anc ^ an effort - 
made to obtain representation in what was known as the 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



to 



Western Convention. The object for the change was to 
carry the gospel, u the hope of the Christian world,"- to 
regions beyond, and thus, for the first time, to identify the 
Association with an agency that would carry the gospel to 
foreign fields. 

This change, though unquestionably in the right. direc- 
tion, was not encouraged by contributions from the 
churches for several years. The collections were made at 
the annual sessions of the Association and their application 
determined by the body. - Of the twenty dollars collected 
-at the session this year (1847) ten dollars was applied to 
-Foreign 'Missions. We now give over $500. 
-The -collection in 1849 was equally divided between 
Home and Foreign Missions. The Home Mission, now 
■known as the State Mission work, seemed to. get hold of 
the churches again during the war. The pledge of Moun- 
tain Creek for this cause in 1864 was $25. 

The subject cannot be pursued in detail further. A 
■Woman's Missionary Society was formed November, 1886, 
and H. Portrum, for many years treasurer of the Associa- 
tion, lias been entrusted with missionary enterprises of the 
church since his connection with it July, 1885. The 
interest in all the objects of the several boards of the Bap- 
tist State Convention is growing in usefulness and efficiency 
as the subjoined table will more fully show. 



FINANCIAL TABLE. 



1873 
1874 

1875 
1876 
1S77 
1S78 

1879 

1SS0 
1881 
1SS2 
1SS3 
1S84 
^885 
1SS6 
.18S7 
i&SS 
1SS9 
1890 



$46 25 i$73 00 

44 00 J 

60 00 ! 

5750 1 _- 

53 00 J 

40 00 



II 






-39 *8 
65 00 
67 67 

~8i~oT 
100 00 

75 00 
105 00 

00 oc 








', 


~T™~~~—\~—-~~~] 


55 50 !. 





$10 00 


fj 





6 85 


$11 ob- * 





4 00 


3 00 ; 4 50 i 30 , 


; 40 95 | 1 



1.5 

15 



6 6: 
15 o< 
?7 7; 

9 o< 
10 00 I «fi 40 



V. 

■J-. 

V. 

■~ 
c 


a 

B 


t 

■ c 


f 

s 


« 3 66 

70 




$185 

2 25 

1 55 

1 80 

. 1 9° 

1 60 

2 40 

- 2 10 . 
•2 35 ' 
2-25 , 

1 70. 
.1 70 

2 90 
2 45 

1 85 

2 10 
2 80 

11 50 


jT-So" 


2 00 

6 5c 
308 
1 ^3 42 
J 17 92 
4 10 
1 685 
■ 30 00 


~5l~86~ 
7 79 
3 00 ; 



Total. 



$115 70 
47 45 
67 40 
75 20 

1 90 
63 40 
42 40 

2 10 
"815 
45 73 
78 45 

13987 
16 98 
IQ4 53 
211 4S 
no 72 
131 45 



III.— EDUCATION. 



The above exhibits show entire contributions. 



54 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TIOK 

OFFICERS. . 




■ CLHRKS. 

No one's name is given as clerk prior to June., i"8i4-, 
when Robert Hill was elected. He served until some time, 
during the year 1817, and was succeeded by Thomas Ed- 
wards, who held the position till 183*4. Wm. Johnson was 
his successor, and held the position until 1840, when Thos. 
Harris was elected. He held the position until dismissed 
by letter in 1844. " 

The longest term was that of J. T. Lewis, 1844 to 1864*-/ 
twenty years. Bro. Lewis is still living. • (See Deacons.)' 

W.B. MeEntire. succeeded Lewis, and-like Bro. Harris,/ 
. retained the position until ^dismissed by letter-in 1871. He . 
is at present a member of Pleasant Grove, a -newly consti- • 
tuted church. 

J. W. '-Lewis was elected 1 871, and with the exception of 
-one year has been the clerk of the church to the present u 
date. * 

By request of Bro. Lewis, the church in 1886 .allowed 
him a y ear's respite, and A. L. Rucker was the clerk in 
1887. Brother Lewis was again installed Oct. 1887, and 
is still the worthy clerk of the church. 

'■ - n DEACONS. 

From the frequent mention made of Joshua Taylor, Wm. 
Hills and Wm. Nix among the eldership of the church, .it 
■' is believed that they were installed at or soon after the 
organization of the church in 1789. Joshua Taylor was 
suspended in 1796 for a time, for striking his daughter. 
Later a difficulty seems to have arisen between- Taylor and 
his wife, which was carried into the ^church, and after 
many delays settled in August, 1809. In November of 
this year he complained that "through the prevalency of 
temptation or something else, " he felt inactive • and could 
not fill the place of a deacon. -The church did not take 
any decided action in the matter, but chose rather, as ex- 
pressed by the record,^ 1 to bear with -him." A year -later 
Taylor's wife, having been dealt with by unusual kindness 
by the church, refused -to make any concessions, and was 
excluded. 

John Hall, Sr. , and Joshua Hall were ordained January, 

1796. . , ; 

JDavid Upchurch' was ordained May 1803, au ^ dismissed 
by letter 1808: 

. Wm. Hicks is mentioned as a-deacon 181 2. 
- Mai one Freeman ordained September, 181 3. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 55 

John Bradley, ofdained June 1821; excluded Dec. 1838. 

Thos. Edwards, born June 15, 1 781, joined by experi- 
ence Sept. 1816; ordained a deacon June, 1821; and died 
1863, aged about 82 years. (See Clerks.) 

Joshua Tay4 01; and Wm. Johnson were ordained May, 
1835. Johnson, who was clerk also, was dismissed by letter 
May, 1840. Was clerk also of Providence church. 

Williams Metcalf, ordained June 1 841, died about the 
same time a year later. 

Joseph N.-Whiteside, born April 12,7^807; ordained Dec. 
1843; died Sept. 30,,, 1879. His remains lie interred here. ^ 

J. T. Lewis, born Feb. 25, 1807; received by letter from 
Bill's Creek, June .1843, was ordained April, 1844; elected 
clerk Sept .1844, and held this position until Oct. 1864 — 
20 years. In May, .J873, he requested .the ^hurchto erase 
his name from the roll because of a difficulty existing 
between himself on the one hand and Jutha Lewis and C) 
R. Lewis on the other, as executors of the_estate of Pitman 
Lewis, dec 1 d. The^report of the committee appointed to 
investigate this matter was accepted by J. T. Lewis in Sep- 
tember. After repeated delays on the part of Jutha Lewis 
and C. R. Lewis to comply with the terms of the commit- 
tee, they were excluded in December,- 1873, but C. R. 
Lewis was restored August, 1874. He requested, on 
account of age, to be released from the performance of his 
duties as a deacon Dec. i88if : but the request w^as hot 
granted.". He again asked -the church' to take some steps 
for his relief on creek lands in which he and another 
brother were in danger of ^becoming involved, but was ad- 
vised t:o try to settle the difficulty by selecting one brother 
each, &c, March 1887. At the May meeting the matter: 
is mentioned as being ^satisfactorily- settled. " 

Martin Harris, ordained Feb. 1853, was at one time 
treasurer of the church and always a strong advocate of 
the temperance cause. . 

P. B. Justice, previous!}- ordained, w r as received as a 
deacon Nov. 1 S59. Dismissed later. 

* W. B. McEntire, cleik of church 1S64 to 1871; ordained 
a deacon May, 1866; dismissed 187 1.. 
. George Hodge, ordained May, 1866; died Jan. 24, 1888. 

D. W.Geer, ordained May, 1866, is still living, but his 
health is declining. * ; 

I. P. Sorrels, ordained Feb. 1866, was afterward dis- 
missed, and is now. a member of Round Hill church; father 
of Rev. W. F. Sorrels. 

H. K. Keeter,received by letter as a deacon, March 1873. % 

N. "C. ..Lovelace', received as a deacon Jan.' 1875. Health 



56 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

exceedingly bad; often a delegate, S.S. superintendent, &c. 

Th os. Lovelace, father of the above, was born July 6, 
1807, received and recognized as a deacon, previously or- 
dained, May 1875; and died* Feb. 7, 1887: Hi^ remains- 
are buried here. 

W. O. Wallace, received as a deacon June r 1875— now 
dismissed. ■ . - \< . 

R. S. Callahan, received as a deacon January 1876. 

J. W. Lewis, (s%e Clerks) ordained March '1882. 

W. T. Lewis, ordained March 1882;- died Dec. 1889. 
L'niversally beloved, the church passed a very compli- . 
men tary- resolution to his memory January 1890. His four 
children are orphans, the mother having died a year or 
more before the death of Brother Lewis. 

H. P. Lynch, received as a deacon, previously ordained,, 
Dec. 1884. itews to the line. 

• H. Portrum, for some years treasurer of Association, re- 
ceived and recognized a deacon July 19, 1885. 

J. C. Sorrels, received and recognized as a deacon Dec. 
1885; ordained as a preacher Nov. 1886; dismissed by letter 
-1888. (See Preachers.) . 

E. W. S. Keeter, formerly dismissed by letter from this 
church, was ordained a deacon at Pleasant Hill and received' 
by letter as a deacon July, 1888. 

PASTORS. ' 

Some slight differences in the pastorate, of Perminter 
Morgan, as given elsewhere under the head of "Rise and 
. Progress;" are so apparent in the records that I deem it of 
sufficient importance to notice them. 

He was chosen the. day the church was organized and 
served without interruption until sometime in 1806. He 
had applied for a letter, of dismission. January 1802. The 
request was continued to February, and not granted; for. ' 
what cause we are unable to determine, unless for want of : 
proper support, as indicated by a rule passed at the same • 
time. The request was renewed, * and the letter 
granted four and a half years later— August, i8o6 s 
It does not appear that the church nad a pastor again until 
March 1808. At this time Bill's Creek church was peti-.. 
tioned for "a part of their pastoral supply" and the request 
granted in May following. 

In 1809, at March meeting, we note the following entry: 

Brother Perminter Morgan, that some months ago ceased to serve 
here, this day*is restored to his former seat as a pastoral supply with full 
consent of Brother Dalton and the members of this church." 

If Morgan became pastor as indicated March 1809, ne , 
did not retain the position beyond the next year. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



The church in December 1810 petitioned Salem church 
for .'-'part of their pastoral, supply." It does- not appear 
whether this request was granted or not, but presumably it 
was, and David Doyale sent to Mountain Creek, for we find 
a subscription drawn in his favor as pastor in 181 2. : Again 
it appears from a decision in October-1812 that the church 
had no pastor. This decision allowed the church to receive^ 
members without a preacher. - - ; 

The next-month, November ,1812, David Brown was 
received and "immediately put to work in the ministry." 
Thus the church seems to have, been drifting, drifting" 
without a head until 1818 or 1819, when Perminter Mor- 
"gan returned and took charge of its destinies u»til his 
death, which occurred on the 28th day of April, 1824. 

Soon after Morgan's death Alfred Webb was chosen pas- . 
tor and served uninterruptedly until sometime during the 
vear 1837, when Hampton W. Patterson, who had been 
ordained here in 1834, succeeded him. He was succeeded 
B>y Elder James M. Webb, who served 1841-42-43, and 
again in 1850-51. 

Elder T. B. Justice— 1844-45-46-47-48-49. 
Elder J. M. McCraw— 1852. 
■ Elder George W. Rollins— 1853 and again 1880. 
" Elder Dove Pannell— 1&54. 
Elder B. R- Doggett— 1855. 
Elder William Harrill— 1856-57-58-59 and 62. 
j Elder Joseph C. Grayson— 1860-61... 

•■ Elder Wm. Harrill, pastor; W. Haynes, assistant— 1863. 
f."- Elder W. Haynes — 1864. 

Elder W. H. Logan— 1865-66-67-68-69-70. 
'"Elder C B. Justice— i87i-72-73-74-75-7 6 "77-7 8 -79> and 
I again in 1881-82. 

Elder H. D. Harrill— 1883-84-85-86. 
Elder T. Bright— 1887-88-89-90-91. 
Elder J. C. Sorrels- was assistant pastor 1887. . 
I See Biographical Sketches of Pastors of Mountain Creek 
Church. 



GREEN: RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 



DELEGATES AND MEMBERSHIP. 
Date, Delegates Names. 

i&jr— Joseph W Whiteside. Williams Metcalf, Thos Hariris 

1S42 Thomas Edwards. 



1S43 joshua Taylor, J U Whiteside : : — __ . 72 

iS44_L F Cook, James Blanton _ _ :__ 72 

:ixo Joshua Taylor, Thos Harris 64 

iS46__L F Cook, J T Lewis 1 . 70 

i$47_M Lester, J T Lewis, Chas -Sorrels 2i 76- 

:SiS__W B Metcalf. N M Kilpatrick. J T Lewis \ 84.. 

1S49 N il Kilpatrick. Wm Johnson, J T Lewis , Sr 

- 1S50— J T Lewis, J A Keeter ^ __ 30- 

1S51— J T Lewis, L F Cook :_ 2S 

1S52— J T Lewis, M Harris \ 30 

1S53—J T Lewis. M Harris 39 

1S54--W B McEntire, M Harris— 41. 

1S55— L F Cook. M Ha— is 43- 

1S50 J T Lewis, L F Cook . 42 

iS57_N" M Kilpatrick, M Harris. G Largent, I P Sorrels, J R Bowman -_ 133 

'1S5S N" M Kilpatrick. J T Lewis. Geer, Haynes, Fowler . 152 ; 

' 1S59 J R Bowman. W Haynes 1I3 

iS6o-_J R^Iamxan, J R Bowman, W Haynes, W Geer_ 130 

1S62— M Harris. W Haynes 117 

1S64— JR Bowman. W Haynes — 

iS6^ J R Bowman. W Geer. I P Sorrels i;5 

1S60— T R Bowman. W Geer. I P Sorrels. Wm Geer [5 

1867--J R Bowman, IP Sorrels, W 3 McEntire. G Hodge. D W Geer 177 

i;oS._W B McEntire. D W Geer. G Hodge, J W Lewis 225 

1S69— J T Lewis, D W Geer. Wm Spangler. J W Lewis 1S8 

:$-o-_\Vrn Spangler 1 164 

^-:__X E Walker. A Keeter, Jr . i39_ 

iS72_R P Geer. J W Lewis 155 

1S73— W Spangler. N E Walker, J W Lewis iS: 

1S74 E W S Keeter. Wm Spangler 

iS-f—X C Lovelace, R P Geer, Wm N Spangler 

1S-6 N C Lovelace. A E Flack. H Keeter 

[877—N C Lovelace, W H Rucker . : . 

iStS.-N C Lovelace. A L Rucker. W T Lewis,' R S Callahan, M~ K Lvncfi, 

;^-o__D W Geer, J T Lewis. N C Lovelace. Wm Spaugler * 1S3 

:>5o__R P Geer. R S Callahan. J W Lewis 1 :S2 

1SS1 Geo Flack. M M Lovelace. J F Edwards 164. 

:ii2— A L Rucker, W T Lewis-. Wm Spangler. N C Lovelace— ,, irS 

:SS3 A. L Rucker. N C Lovelace, W T Lewis, J- F Edwards igo^r 

l8&£_Z V Green, X C Lovelace. W T Lewis, J F Edwards . 210 

:-s..yC Lovelace. J F Edwards. W T Lewis, Z V Geer. J M Lewis. H Portrum 235. 

:Sio_-J C Sorrels, A L Rucker, X H Hampton. If B FlacK. J W Elliott, J M Lewis__2sa 
iS37__J C Sorrels, W H Rucker, C S Lynch. A E Flack. J T Lewis Jr, H K Keeter. 

W C Lovelace ' 25S 

i$Sa_J C Sorrels, J W Lewis. J F Edwards, M L. Sorrels, W C Lovelace. CMLewis_2^3 

:$>o— H Portrum, A L McEntire. J A Rucker. B N" Hampton : 23?. 

:3oo..A L Rucker. H Portrum. H P Lvnch. G M Flack. EW Edwards. W HRacker_2^r 




MISCELLANEOUS 'NOTES. 

(1) Associations.— -The Church, though one hundred;' 
and one years old, has only entertained the Association four 
times. . The Broad River. 1820, and the Green River in 
1844* LS56 and 1S79. We petitioned last year for the 
meeting this year r but failed to get it 

(2) The War; 1861-65. — This church maintained -its 
regular meetings through all this stormy period without, 
any particular demonstration beyond its usual services. In- 
April, 1862, the church agreed to hold prayer meetings on 
every Sabbath, and all members, both- male and female^ 
were requested to engage in secret prayer every evening" 
during the year for the Southern Confederacy and the cause 
of Zion. In Dec. 1S63, a committee previously appointed 
submitted suitable obituaries of J. W. Sorrels and M.M.His:- 
gins, members ot this church, who had fallen in defense of. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 59 

their country. These notices were ordered published and 
copied among the records of the church. The church lost 
many of her members during the war between the States- 

(3) Fornicators and Adulterers in this church have 
always received summary exclusion upon proof, and with- 
out notice. Frequent cases may be cited : May and July, 
1 866;. June, 1867; May, 1869; Nov. 1880; May,. 1881; 
Sept.* 1885; Jan. and May, 1887; Dec. 1888, and others. 
Is this right? 

(4) Honesty. — The church adopted a rule, July 1868, 
requiring all church members to pay church indebtedness 
before obtaining letters of dismission. This has never been 
carried into effect, and should either be enforced or 1 abro- 
gated. 

(5) Heterodoxy. — Occasional cases of ^exclusion occur 
for communing with or joining the Methodists; but only 
one — -that of Alfred W. Cook,. March 1869 — has been ex- 
cluded for joining the Catholic church. 

(6) Tenure of Land.— Mountain Creek church did not 
own the land on which the house stood, nor the lot in 
which her dead had been buried, until March, 1878— over 
eighty-eight years. At this time Thos. F. Edwards, who 
owned the land, made a deed of gift covering the house and 
cemetery, and containing about two acres, to the church, 
for which he received a vote. of thanks. M. O. Dickerson, 
C. S. C, and W. A. McClure,, Register of Deeds; both of 
whom are now dead, were alike tendered a vote of thanks 
injury for legalizing the deed gratuitously. 

Since that time, '.-. Dec. 1885, : the church has added by 
purchase a little more than three acres more of land to the 
above. The need of.a new house of worship- has been fre- 
quently agitated of late. years, and we feel/now pretty well 
assured that it will be built in the near future. 
• (7) -Schools Taught in the Church..— Prior to 1878, 
teachers had frequently used the church, by consent, as a 
school house In August of this year.it was decided that 
in. the future the house could be used only for the worship 
of the church. This decision was so amended in July, 
1880, as to allow the use of the house for singing v or 
schools of vocal music. A teacher came here and taught 
a school of vocal music in the winter of 1887-8, and suc- 
ceeded in making a school for a second term, to begin the 
latter part of March, 1888. Before the opening of the 
school, however, the sexton of- the church was ordered by 
deacons N". C. Lovelace, H. Poftrum, J. T. Lewis and W. 
T.. Lewis to lock the door of the church against the 
teacher, alleging that his character was so disreputable in 



.6o . GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. \ 

many respects that he~was unworthy of the recognition 
"previously accorded him. Quite a large number of his 
patrons were, members of the church and objected to the 
proceedings above as being irregular; but the action of the 
deacons was sustained by the church at April meeting by 
a vote of 28, against 16 for unlockiug the church and per- 
mitting the school to be taught. 

(8) Investigating Committee. — A committee, con- 
sisting of the deacons of the church, whose duty was "to 
investigate and report all- matters of interest to the church," 
was appointed July 1884. This committee, after two years' 
service, was discontinued at August meeting, ,1886. 

(9) 'Beneficence. — H. Portrum was appointed to take 
charge of all the missionary enterprises of the church ; N . 
C. Lovelace of the pastor's salary, and H. P. Lynch to 
solicit contributions and. provide for the wants of the poor. 
October, 1888, ...-,- /_ . 

(10) Watchcare. — Prior to i853,.when the Association 
repudiated the custom, church members having no perma- 
nent abiding place, often applied to their nearest churches- 
to assume what \ was called the \. 'watchcare' y over Ihem 
while in the neighborhood. If a member afterward decided, 
to locate in the vicinity, and wished to join the church, a 
certificate, of his Christian character from the church 
assuming such "watchcare" became necessary before he 
could obtain a letter of dismission from the church to 
which, he belonged. Such "watchcare" was withdrawn 
by the churches at pleasure. Several cases of such watch- 
care occurred prior to the year 1853. 

(11). Colored Members. — These were received and dis- 
missed as other members. They often attached themselves 
to the church by presenting permits from their owners. 
The following, which is still well preserved, is given as a 
sample : 

23d March, 1829. 
Rev. Alfred Webb — Sir : My boy Harry seems to have a desire to be- 
come a member of your church, and asks permission of me to join your' 
society. I have no objection if you think he is a fit subject for baptism, 
and think proper to receive him into fellowship, &c. As he is known by . 
several of your members, I shall say nothing as to my opinion respect- 
ing his fitness, etc. I am, with esteem, yours &c, 

Ben H. Bradley. 

One among several other's, is given : 

June 28th, 1835. 
Mr. Alfred Webb — My negro woman informs me she has a desire to 
become a member of Mountain Creek church, and if you see proper to 
receive her I hare no objection to her joining, etc. 

George Koone. 

The list in 1848 contained fourteen members, which may 

be regarded as about an average for many years. , 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 61 

£t the close of the war the colored people had neither 
Lirches nor money with which to build them. Mountain 

ek still fostered this membership by allowing them to 
ain the same place in the house that had been assigned 
tm before their emancipation. T.he last colored member 
it ever belonged to the church here was" dismissed by 
ter in Nov. 1875. From 1865 to this time they were 

oming restless and dissatisfied with their relations. 
my had, from time to time, been received and dismissed, 
tile not a few had been excluded for joining the Metho- 
^t churches established in the neighborhood, and for im- 
)ral conduct In the meantime a Baptist church was 
lit by the colored people some two or three miles east of 
zmntain Creek, which they called Gold' Hill. To this 
urch most of the colored membership attached, them- 
ves, after obtaining letters, from' Moimtain Creek. Many 
these return- occasionally to Mountain Creek during spe- 
Llmeetiugs^ where they are always treated with kindness. 
The church at Mt Nebo, near Bill's Creek, applied by 
ter and" messengers for admission into the Green River 
.sociation in 1869. The church was advised, for pru- 
ntial reasons, to attach themselves to a colored association. 



PREACHERS— Licensed and Ordained. 
Win. Leveret, licensed April 1804; excluded June 1805. 
John Rich y first licensed August 1837, and often after- 
Lrd; removed to Georgia about 1847. 
Hampton W.Patterson, ordained June 1834; see pastors. 
David Rich, licensed August, 1838. 

L. F. Cook, .received by experience March 1825; licensed 
>c. 1843, and often afterward. The limit put upon a 
ense was' usually one year; hence ministers of this kind 
d to have their credentials renewed every year. 
J. R. Bowman, licensed August 1858,: and. ordained 
auary 1863; died January 1888, -at Pilot Point, Texas. 
W. Haynes, licensed August 1858, and ordained Sept 
62. (See Pastors.). 

J. R. Harmon (blind) ordained' Dec. 1S59. 
Gideon Thompson made application to exercise his gifts 
hlicly in 1828. After many delays the church, gave. him 
ive in April 1829 il to pray' and exhort/' but "he was 
»t to preach. ' ' We went about his work without any 
parent regard to the restriction that u he was not to 
each*" The church in July 1830 sent a. messenger to 
m, who was requested to say to Thompson that he must 
it preach, and to ask him. to come to the. next Confer- 
ee meeting and l \give his reasons for going over the 



62 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

head of the church/ 1 In the meantime the church petL- 

- tioned Bill's Church, Concord, and Big Spring- churches 
for a committee, who having met with the church at 
Mountain Creek in September, decided, that Thompson 
should be "silenced. Not satisfied with the decision- of the- 

- church and committee, Brother Thompson renewed his, 
petition at the next;- meeting in October, and obtained u lib- 

S erty to preach in the bounds of the neighboring churches. \ \ 
The brother would preach. 

Blder Jesse C. Sorrels was born in 'Rutherford, county, 
N. C, Sept. 5, 1843.-, He was the seventh of ten chil- 
dren born to Charles and Emily 'Sorrels.'-- His father died 
when he wa£ ten years old. Had no advantages to obtain 
an education except those of the common schools. Joined. 
Mountain Creek church by experience August 1S57. Vol- 
unteered as a soldier April 1862, and served his country 

• faithfully until the close of. the war. He was married to 
Miss M. F. Lewis, of his native county, Dec. i6th r 1866;.. 

• removed to Haywood county two years later and attached 
himself to Pleasant'Hill. church, where he was ordained a. 

I deacon in 1871. In 1881 he removed from Hayw^ood to- 
Charleston," Swain county. Here he accepted the position I 
tendered him by the Sunday School and Bible Board of 
the Western Baptist Convention, as Sunday School Mis- 
sionary of the Tennessee River Association. After two 
years' service in this field he again returned to his native . 
county. The great trouble of his life was his disregard of 
his early call to the ministry. With the determination 
t that he would not let his impressions be known to" his 
|g friends, he started out with his family, he knew not where, 
and for sixteen he was a wanderer, and until he became 
I almost am outcast upon the face of the earth.' Some time 
after his return to Rutherford, July 31st, 1886, God took 
; from" his embraces his favorite boy. This was the second 
I boy Bro. Sorrels hadhuried r and, he looked upon the latter 
as an especiaLjudgment for his own, obstinacy, and disobe- 
dience: He came'to the church on Saturday of the next:. 
.meeting in August, and was licensed to preach. He 
preached his first sermon on. the next day, and a week later 
commenced -a- meeting at Holly Springs school house r last- '. 
ing fifteen days", and resulting in forty-two professions of ' 
religion. Seventeen of these joined, the church at Moun- 
tain Creek. Bro. Sorrels has always regarded this meet- 
ing as an especial manifestation of God's visible sear to his 
ministry. Ordained November, 1886. In December of 
this year he entered school under Prof.' O. F. Thompson, 
at Forest Citv. He remained here five months. It is a 



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matter of some pride to Mountain Creek that she contri- 
buted $50 toward defraying his school expenses.. He has 
been laboring since, by appointment of the State Mission. 
•Board, as missionary in the bounds of the Green River 
Association. _ 



■ BIOGEAPHICAL . SKETCHES 

OF ALL THE PASTORS. 

Perjiinter Morgax, the first pastor of the Mountain Creek Church, 
was born in Virginia, August 29, 1755,. from." whence -he migrated to this 
country when comparatively a young man, and. before the Revolutionary 
war.. He was married in this country to Miss: Gracie Jones, by whom, he 
had ten children,, all of whom were married and living at his death." He 
first settled within about one mile of what is now known as Piney Knob 
Church, Rutherford, county.. N. C. He removed later to Sugar Hill, now 
McDowell county, -where he spent the remainder of his life. His eldest 
son^. Stephen Morgan, became a prominent Baptist minister, and was 
Moderator of the French Broad Association for more than twenty: .years. 
Morgan early became a minister, and was a Whig in politics. On one. 
occasion just after leaving one of his appointments, his wife accompany- 
ing him, he was accosted by amounted squad of Tories,, who halted him 
and inquired where he had been and what he had been doing. He. 
replied that he had been to church and that he had been trying to 
preach. After some consultation the leader, of the squad told Morgan 
he believed he was a good man and they would not molest him, "but,'.' 
continued the captain,, "where is your brother James ?'* To this Morgan 
made no reply. James was returning from church also, but seeing the 
Tories, he had Jumped aside and concealed himself under some laurel, 
where he was listening to all that was said. Morgan was a man of great 
piety, and of unusual force as a speaker in his day. He was at different 
periods the pastor of Bill's Creek, Bethel and many other churches, be- 
side. Mountain Creek. He is frequently mentioned as a- delegate to 
Charleston and the Tyger River Associations prior to iSoo, when he'. 
helped to organize the Broad River Association. He was a delegate to 
the Broad River again in 1801,, and preached the introductory sermon 
before the body in 1802.. He prepared the circular letter for the body, 
and was elected Moderator for 1803. "Was again Moderator 1804. In 
1S06 he wrote the. circular letter- preached the introductory sermon, and 
was elected Moderator. Again he was Moderator in 1S09. These facts 
fully indicate the position he occupied among his co-laborers in the min- 
istry in his day. He was especially interested in the material as well as 
the spiritual development of his country. He enjoyed the sight, of! 
thrifty stock and growing crops.. On one occasion, while pastor at 
Mountain Creek, he spent the night with Thos. Edwards; "for many years 
clerk and deacon of this-chnrch. He walked during the evening with* 
Edwards- over his fields, viewing his crops, and in returning to the house 
the way led through a piece of woodland which, when they had entered 
into^some distance^ Morgan proposed to stop for prayer.- ', Here he fell 
upon his knees, and in the absence of an inquisitive and gainsaying 
world, poured out his soul's thanksgiving to God for the abundant pros- 
pect of- ''bread for the eater, and seed for the sower," :uid invoked 
Heaven's richest blessings upon his solitary listener. Edwards, long 
since gone to his reward, said that the earnestness of his prayer and the 
peculiar circumstances under which he was placed, had a wonderful 
effect upon him* and that he shed tears freely. In personal appearance 
he was a fine specimen of physical manhood— erect, active, of medium 
height, a little inclined to corpulency, weighing about 1.75 pounds, hav- 
■ ing penetrating deep blue eyes, and withal a man of wonderful en dur- 



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ance, untiring industry and energy. When at last overcome by a malig- 
nant disease, he was forced to lay down his work and go hence, he met 
death like the Christian he had so long claimed to be, without a murmur. 
The sting of death was somewhat of a terror to him, but "beyond this," 
said he, "I have no fears; my future is as bright as the noonday sun." 
After a few days' illness he passed quietly and serenely to his reward on 
the 28th day of April, 1S24, at the age of 68 years, 7 months and 29 days. 
His remains, beside those of his wife, who died some years later, were 
interred at Bethel, church, where the stone that marks their resting 
place may be seen at this day. 

John Dai/ton was probably pastor of Mountain Creek church for a 
short time prior to March, 1809, as indicated by the following found on 
thexhurch records at that time : "Bro.~ Perminter Morgan, that some 
months ago ceased to serve here, this day is restored to his former seat 
as pastoral supply with full consent of brother Dalton and the members 
of this church." We extract the following from the History of the 
Broad River and King's Mountain '■ Associations : "Dalton; Elder John, - 
was a member and representative of Bill's Creek church, Rutherford 
county, N. C, as far back as iSop, and consequently was one of the old 
Broad River pioneers. At the sessions of 1808 and 18 11 his name appears 
in the minutes of the Association marked with an asterisk (*}, denoting j 
absence, We suppose he was an old supannuated minister, whose name 
was continued in the Minutes as a delegate, that he "might; if able to 
attend the sessions, still serve, which it is known was the practice_of. " 
some churches having old ministers. We are unable to learn anything j 
more of the biography of Elder Dalton, but avail ourselves of the oppor- " 
tunity we have to transmit his name as a minister of Christ to the pres- P 
ent and succeeding generation of Baptists." Sorry we cannot give fuller •• 
particulars. 

" David Doyale was pastor for a time between 1810 to sometime 'dur- 
ing i3i2,for we find a subscription drawn in his favor for 1812. "Doyale, • 
Elder David, was'a member of New Salem Church, and appears to have. 
been an able and prominent minister as early as 1808, and for several " 
years afterwards. Our own memory goes so far back as to have heard 
old people speak of him, who knew him well, and represented him as 
one of Broad' River's ablest preachers. At the session of 1808 we find it \ 
recorded that Elders Drury Dobbins, David Doyale and Joel Blackwell % 
were appointed a committee to dissolve the Holly Springs church, which 
had been unable to keep house, and dismiss or letter the members ^ 
thereof to other churches, and at the same session Elder Doyale was 
appointed to preach the introductory sermon to the session of_r8o9, and."- 
he continued to represent the same church until 1S17. When he was % 
bom or when he died,, we have' no means of ascertaining now. His " 
name, however, is preserved by several namesakes he has-, which is 
some evidence-of his being highly' esteemed as a minister of Christ." 
The above we take from the. History of Broad River and King's Moun- - 
tain Associations,* and ; is "the only available' information that we can get 
in reference to the third pastor of Mountain Creek Church. 

ALFRED Webb. — The following, taken from the History of the Broad- 
River and King's Mountain Associations, constitutes our only available 
information, not given in the records of the church, of which he was '. 
pastor from 1824 to 1837 : "Webb, Elder Alfred, was born in Rutherford 
county about 1800, of. wealthy parents, but only enjoyed common school 
advantages, working on a farm until he attained the age of manhood, Sj 
He was doubless a 'chosen vessel,' and directed by the Spirit to attend 
the ministration of the Word by those eminent servants of God, Dobbins 
and Hicks. The result was he was converted and baptized into the fel- 
lowship of the church at Concord, near the home of his youth. .Some - 
short time afterwards he felt impressed to speak a word' for his Master, 
and the church licensed him to do so about the year 1822. The next year 
he was chosen to represent the church as one ot her delegates at the 
session of the Broad River Association, held at Reedy River church, 
Greenville county, S. C, and the Minutes show that he filled the 
appointment and was marked as a licentiate.. A short time after the 



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session of this Association he was ordained by a presbytery to the full 
work of the gospel ministry, probably in 1824, for he appears in the 
Minutes of that year as a delegate and ordained minister from Concord. 
In 1825 Ebenezer church was constituted and admitted into the Broad 
River - body, and Elder Webb became a member^ and pastor of said 
■church, and was chosen with Aaron Biggerstaff and Williamson Fortune 
its representatives in the session of that year (1S26) and 1827. In the 
latter year Ebenezer, with several other churches, were dismissed to aid 
in the formation of the Catawba River Association, and Elder Webb was 
consequently separated from the Broad River body, and he continued his 
new relationship until sometime after the "year 1836, when he emigrated 
to the State of Georgia. After having connected himself with the Geor- 
gia Baptists in the State of his adoption we are" informed he at once set 
about improving a defective education,, in which undertaking he suc- 
ceeded admirably, and soon mastered the'Hebrew and Greek languages, 
besides taking a course of theological studies. By this means he became 
much more efficient in the ministration of. the Word, and was considered 
an able minister of the New Testament wherever he-labored. We heard 
Elder Webb preach at Zion church in 1836,. then a messenger from the 
Catawba River Association to the Broad River, and the last that he ever 
attended of that body. We considered him an able minister at that time 
and very attractive in his manners and gestures. He- was a fine looking 
man, rather above the ordinary size, inclining somewhat to corpulency, 
large chest, massive head and stentorian voice, and very commanding 
in his general. appearance." Elder Webb was not an ordained minister 
when he was caHed to - the pastorate of Mountain Creek church, July 
I824. In March, i8,25, the church at Concord, to which Brother Webb 
then belonged, was petitioned to have him ordained, and Thos. Edwards 
and Robert Taylor were named as representatives to carry th* "epistle.'* 
Just when he was ordained and by whom, does not appear- from any 
record of our church; but it is certain from records of Broad River Asso- 
ciation that he was art ordained minister at session of t825. He was 
never at any time a member of this church, but as pastor was exceed- 
ingly popular with both church and people. His connection with the 
church was severed by his removal to Georgia in 1837. 

Elder Hampton W. Patterson; the successor of Alfred Webb, was 
the fifth pastor of Mountain Creek church. This brother of whom we 
know very little aside from his record as given in the Minutes of the 
Green River Association, and tradition, was dismissed by letter from 
Liberty church, Habersham county, Ga.. October 25, 1828. This letter 
is well preserved among the archives of Mountain- Creek church, and is 
given as a curiosity : ^ . 

''Georgia — Habersham County: We The Baptist Church of Jesus 
Christ at Liberty Dismiss in full Fellowship our beloved Brother Hamp- 
ton W. Patterson. Ordered in Conference this 25th day" of October, 
1828. ' \ Henry Albright, C. G.L k'' 

On the back of this we find the following : "A. Letter of Dismission 
for Brother H. W. Patterson," Just when the above letter was presented 
at Mountain Creek does not appear,. He is mentioned here first as a 
delegate to the Association (Broad River) in I832.. It seems that from 
his connection with this church he rapidly grew -into prominence. He, 
was ordained here June 21st, 1834, by a presbytery composed of Elders 
jjJE Webb, Samuel Bruce and Joab Willkey. He probably became pastor 
of the church about the time Alfred Webb left here in 1837* though no 
record of his call appears upon the Minutes. He performed a prominent 
part in the affairs of Little River church, Henderson county, N. C, as 
given elsewhere, which led to the formation of the Union Association. 
He is mentioned^ pastor of Bill's Creek I84I; of Bill's Creek) Mont- 
ford's Cove, and 'Round Hill 1842; Bill's Craek, Montford's Cove, Round 
Hill and Cooper's Gap 1843; ^ ew Bethany, Round Hill, Montford's 
Cove and Bill's Creek 1844; and of Round Hill and Montford's Cove in 
I845. About this time Bro. Patterson moved west of the ridge and cast 
his lot with the Salem Association. During his connexion with the Green. 
River, he write the circular letters for 1842 and 1844 — the latter upon ~ 



66 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TIOiY. , 

the subject of Deacons, which we should be pleased to give entire if we 
had space Tradition says that Brother Patterson was an, uneducated 
man.beyond the limit of the common school curriculum of his day/which 
was indeed a very limited one; but he was a natural orator and was 
considered amongthe first ministers of his day. The popularity accorded 
him by the common people was unbounded, but the orthodox ministers 
of his church regarded him as lax in his morals, and naturally viewed 
him with some suspicion. His greatest weakness was his love for 
women. In this particular he was, at the time he moved west of the 
Ridge, in very bad repute. He removed about the year 1S46 to Transyl- 
vania county, where he died some years ago. It is said that he left a. 
family of progressive and respected boys, who have won their way to 
popular favor by their own energy and perseverence. In personal ap- 
pearance Bro. Patterson was by no means prepossessing. He was atfout 
five feet ten inches in height, and of slender build, weighing probably 
not more than one hundred and forty-five pounds.' His eyes were very, 
penetrating, but it was only when he spoke that his countenance assumed 
a look, of intelligence which captivated the hearts of his hearers. 

Elder James Ml. Webb, the sixth pastor of Mountain Creek church. 
was first called Jan, 23, 1841. He accepted and served the church 184 r- 
42-43 and again in i85o-51. He is justly regarded as the father of the-' 
Green River Association. Although he lived not quite 13 years after its . 
organization, he was clerk of the body twice, wrote f.ve of the circular 
letters, preached four of the introductory sermons, and was Moderator 
six times. The following from the History of Broad River and King's- 
Mountain Associations is submitted : "Webb, Elder James Milton.was... 
born October 7, 1802. in Rutherford county, N. C. . In the year 18S4. he 
was converted and baptized by Elder John Padgett" into the fellowship 
of the' High Shoal church, and soon afterwards licensed to preach the 
gospel and sent as a delegate to the Association. In 1835 he appeared" 
in the Broad River Association as a delegate, and ordained minister, and-.' 
again in the sessions of 1836 to IS41 . In 1836 he was appointed to preach 
.the introductory sermon for 1S37. That year he was elected clerk of the 
Association and prepared the circular letter on the necessity- of the . 
•agency of the Spirit of God "in the work, of regeneration of the soul, 
which letter we have thought proper to reproduce in this work." (Hist- 
of King's Mountain and Broad River Association.) He continued to act 
as clerk of the bo.iy until I841. when the High Shoal church with others . 
was dismissed to aid in forming the Green River Association, and thereby 
isolated Elder Webb from the Broad River body. During his s*ay with 
the Broad River he was a very important factor in the associational pro- 
ceedings. He prepared a circular letter for the session of I839 on the 
divine and special call from God to mefl to preach the gospel of Jesus - 
Christ, and the evidences that manifest themselves in.a person so called; 
which was a document of rare interest and worth. Again he prepared a. 
letter on the subject, of Communion the same year that he left theBroad . 
Piver body, which should, be reproduced and preserved. When the 
Green River Association was organized he was at once called to preside 
over its deliberations and continued a prominent and leading factor in 
the business- operations of the body as long as he lived/ which. was some- 
thing over twelve years afterwards. "He had been for many years (ex- 
tending, back before he joined thechurch) a very popular citizen, and 
had served several times in the Legislature of the State, and was after- 
wards elected clerk of the Superior Court, which office he filled with such- 
entire satisfaction that he was suffered: to hold it as by the almost unan- 
imous consent of the people for the space of about sixteen years. He 
married Miss Kittie White, Jan. I9, 1852, with whom he lived in tender - 
affection many years, by whom was born, to him thirteen children — tea 
sons and. three daughters; when by the* ruthless hand«of death she was 
taken from him to her reward in the skies. He afterward married a 
second wife, Miss i^ancy Hampton, May 3. 1849) a. most, excellent lady. 
by whom was born to him three more children, making sixteen in all r 
and they ail made a profession of religion, and oue of the sons (G^ M. % 
Webb) is a- minister. But strange to say, of. this large progeny onty- five 



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mown as survivors of the present period. (Only four living now, 
) The second wife.died several years ago, and Elder J. Mi Webb 
ieff died on the 24th of April, 1854, in the 52d year of his age. 
personal appearance will be recollected by many that survive him. 
vas full sir feet in height, of slender, loose build, somewhat stooped, 
ed awkwardly, had large black eves protected by long, dark lashes, 
-hseemed to-be beaming, with unquenchable fire; his mouth large, 
thn Hoped, his nose thin and straight, and the whole face partaking 
er of the bilious temperament. Hs hair being very\black T . long and 
ght, was generally turned on the right side when uncovered. lie 
an eloquent preacher,, but his threat fort was displayed irvdebate. He 
I the faculty to anticipate the strong points of his opponents, and gen- 
y destoyed them before rhey could be used" against him- in the argu 
t. In company he was generally taciturn in his manner, and not 
ng a very prepossessing., appearance, iris ability- to grapple with 
se questions would nf ver b« anticipated by a strai.ger; and conse- 
ltly his demolishing: remarks came as a surprise entirely unexpected, 
I always spread dismay and confusion in the ranks of his opponen.s. 
generally succeeded in bearing oTT the Dalm of victory, and a' second 
[ was never desired by his opponent." As a further evidence of his 
Fer as a pulpit orator.we quote from 1 he same authority: ''Memorial 
Tjon.— The Association (Broad River) while in session- i847 appointed 
er James M. Webb to preach on the Sabbath an association ai funeral 
aon in memory of Eider Drury Dobbins, who died during the past 
jciational year, which appointment he accepted aud filled, in the 
sence as a large concourse of people gathered at the stard". As being 
I appropriate, we quote the remarks of Elder Micajah C. Barnett,. in 
history of. the. Association bearing on this matter. He. says : 'And 
r I suppose. Bro.- Webb never had a better scope for his imagination to 
riii, and never had his feelings wrought up to such an intense anxiety 
n this occasion.' Elder Webb as a preacher was certainly the Apollo • 
)iir day r at least in this country. The structure of his mind was dif- 
:nt from that of Elder Drury Dobbins, for while Dobbins never ad- 
ced an idea without first examining all the evidence by which it was 
ained, as vrell aa the objections that might be raised against it, Webb 
ned not to have time to wait for such a thorough examination of the 
lences that bore upon the.suhject. His imagination was. lively, and 
soon as he had 'caught , an idea he was 'immediately in search for 
ther. Hence, as a debater- he'waa more- than a match for Dobbins. 
:. vivacity of his mind and the rapidity of his utterance perplexed and 
letimes silenced his more venerable competitor... Yet no two. men ever 
frded each other wish more excessive fondness than they did. 'On 
t wSabbath day thousands of people assembled around the stand in the 
ve, impatiently awaiting the hour,of service. After singing, and that 
yer which seemed to take, hold on the horns of the- altar, he read his 
t,. 'My father,- my father; the, chariot of Israel, and., ther borserr en . 
reof ! andhesaw him no more.'— 2 Kings; II, 12. Think of such a 
1 as Webb, with such a text as this l to preach the- funeral ot Diury 
bbins before the "Broad River Association, of which he had been a 
ruber forty-seven years, the guide of its counsels. He commenced his 
non by presenting a singular combination of the historical and textual 
ts ot his discourse. He then proceeded to illustrate his subject and 
orce its claims in vie v of the occasion on which he spoke.? The con- 
cation was soon melted by his pathos and the clearness of his thoughts 
I were prepared to weep tears like de\v\ drops, when the preacher 
fled half around from the book-board, threw himself a little back, 
»ing his hands and hi 3 eyes, and in one of tnose exclamations foe which 
was inimitable, said : 'Oh, Dobbins ! dost thy sainted spirit this day 
ness our feeble efforts to honor thy sacred memory ? Art thou with 
.man that returned and smote the waters of Jordan with the mantle, 
ing, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? Every spirit felt subdued 
ore him, and for thirty minutes more he lifted them up and down at 
will, no man resisting him. Brother Webb was at home on ail such 
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the liveliness of his imagination, the symphony of his tones combined 
with an easy deportment in the pulpit, rendered, him irresistible. 

Elder Thos- Butler Justice is a native of Buncombe (now Heu- 
derson) N. C. Born July i7, 1813. He professed conversion in May, 
I835 and was baptized in August rollcwing. Was licensed to preach tlie 
1st of August, i840, and was ordained to the full work of the ministry on 
j June 3d, 1842. He is a nephew of the pioneer minister Thos. Justice, of 
the Broad River Association, who took part in its. organization. Elder 
Justice married Miss Harriet Baily, of Henderson county, N. C, who 
proved to be an affectionate, agreeable helpmeet to him while engaged in 
the toils of life. They have reared a family of sons and daughters. One 
• of his sons (Elder C. B. Justice) is an able and popular minister of the 
Greea River Association, and another, Michael H. Justice, is a practicing 
attorney at Rutherford ton, and a Baptist- Elder T. B. Justice we believe 
was first a member of the Union Association, and by, reason of some 
conflicting doctrinal views in reference to the nature of the atonement 
of Christ, the correspondence between the Green River and Union was 
disturbed for a time until an explanatory and reconciliatory conference 
could be assembled. 5 ' In this the author was mistaken. Brother Justice- 
was a member of the Green River Association at the time of the forma- 
tion of the Union on the 31st of October, 1848, and withdrew from Moun- 
tain Creek in August, i849, of which he was then a member and thei- 
pastor, to attach himself to the Union Association. The author goes on 
to say : "Elder M. C. Barnett, iirhis history of the Broad River Associa- 
tion, explains the matter in this way : 'In the constitution of the Union 
' Association, which embraced a great part of Henderson county, N. C, 
there was a repudiating clause of the doctrine of election, and on that 
account the Green River Association refused correspondence with that 
body, and held charges against them for heterodoxy. It was finally 
agreed to by the two Associations, Green River and Union, that the 
whole matter should be left to a committee of six, chosen from. Tyger 
River and Broad River Associations; consequently Elders Richard Fur- 
man, J. G.xLa.ndrum, T. Hill, D. Scruggs, M.C. Barrett, and Bro. Win. 
Walker met at Hendersonville, N.-U., as a committee to take ii.to consid- 
" eration and if possible adjust the existing difficulty. The substance of " 
the charges brought by the Green River Association against the Union 
Association was that of Free willism. This charge they supported by the 
clanse in their constitution which said: 'We repudiate the doctrine 
of election.' "The committee .to whom the matter was 
referred decided." that before the ! Union Association could consist- 
ently come into correspondence with the regular Baptist Association 
they must strike out that repudiating clause from their constitution, 
This the Union Association, by their representatives, heartily consented 
"to do, and the whole matter was settled.' Elder Justice became a mem- 
ber of the Green River. body and remained with it until 1855 (must have 
been 1857) when the Rutherfordton church, of which he was a member,, 
joined the Broad River body, and Elder Justice thereby became identified 
with that Association until the session of, 1870, when he, with the Ruth- 
erfordton church, again identided themselves with the Green River body 
" of which he is now a member. We have known Elder Justice as- a mih- | 
ister and business man for a number of years. As a preacher he ranks - 
among the ablest and most eloquent ; his sermons are at all times char- - 
acterized by much affection and pathos, while few excel him as an expos- 
itor of the doctrines of the gospel. He has labored for many years under 
j a nervous affection, which greatly affects his voice, until he gets warmed | 
up with the subject matter of the text, when his articulation is much/ \ 
improved and he acquits himself very satisfactorily to his audience." — 
Hist. Broad River and King's Mt. Associations. He was the seventh 
pastor of Mountain Creek and served the church for the years 1844-45- 
46-47-48-49. He has also served quite a number of other churches as 
' pastor. Was Moderator of the Green River Association at the sessions 
of 1871, 1874 and 1S80. On account of declining health he gave up all 
his churches— Silver Creek, White Oak and Rock Spring — in 1883 and 
removed sometime later from his farm in Polk county to Rutherfordton, 
where he and his aged companion now reside under the constant care of 



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their children. Bro. Justice is in his 7Sth year, and by reason of his age 
and infirmities cannot expect to remain much longer with us in the flesh. 
He is a good man. 

McCraw, Elder James Madison, is a native of Cleveland (formerly 
"Rutherford} county,- N. C. ; was born in 1823; converted in his eighteenth 
vear and joined the church at Providence: He was chosen a delegate to 
the~Broad River Association at the session of 1850, then a layman. In 
1851 he was licensed to preach, and again represented Camp's Creek 
church in the Association in the sessions of 1852-53. Sometime after- 
ward he emigrated to Texas, settled finally in the State of Arkansas, 
where we learn he is laboring in the Lord's vineyard with great success, 
having been ordained to full work of the gospel ministry by a presbytery. 
"We were well acquainted with Bro. McCraw, and. know that he mani- 
fested great zeal in the cause of his Master while laboring among the 
Broad River churches, and hope he may prove in his new Western field a 
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of 
Truth." — Hist. Broad River and King's Mt. Associations. It seems that 
Elder McCraw never supplied any of the churches of the Green River 
Association with the exception of Mountain Creek,, of which he was the 
eighth pastor, and served only one year, 1852. His name is perpetuated 
in the church by a namesake, James Madison Lewis, who by the way is 
himself a first-rate man. 

Elder George W. Rollins, the ninth pastor of Mountain Creek 
church, served us in 1853 and 1SS0. He was elected in 1871, but for some 
cause did not accept the call that year. Having written to Bro. Rollins, 
who is now a resident of Forest City and 'pastor of the Cool Springs 
church at that place, for information regarding his life, and failing to 
get any reply to our inquiries, we are obliged again to submit the sketch 
found in the history of the King's Mountain and Broad River Associa- 
tions, which is as follows: "Rollins, Elder George Washington, is- a 
native of Rutherford (now Cleveland) county, N. C. ; born August 7th. 
1 828; converted in r 845; made his first appearance in the Broad River 
Association at its session at Buck Creek church i85o, as a delegate and 
licentiate from Mt. Pleasant church;, was ordained to the full work of the 
gospel ministry iu August/ i85i; was in the organization of the King's 
Mountain Association Nov. 7, i85i, and a delegate from the same church; 
preached the introductory sermon before the body in -1803; changed his 
membership to Pleasant Hill church and was then chosen pastor of that 
church, also of Boiling Spring and Mt. Pleasant; preached the introduc- 
tory sermon in 1855; chosen, pastor this year at Wall's and Sandy River, 
and appointed to prepare the circular letter for i856, on the subject of 
repentance. In i856 he transferred his membership to Sandy Run, and 
at the sessions of 1857-58 was chosen to preside, as Moderator over the 
deliberations of the Association, and again in 1862-63, after preaching 
the introductory sermon the latter year.- Elder Rollins has subsequently 
had honorable appointments conferred upon him by the Association, and 
this is only mentioned to show the estimate the brethren: have made of 
his valuable services. Bro. Rollins joined the churcbLin early: life, and 
was baptized in the 17th year of his year.. In.the.year 1851 he married 
Miss Melinda J. Jenkins,, who has proved a loving and affectionate help- 
meet to him in the journey, of life. May they live together many more 
years happily, while laboring in the vineyard of the Lord,. Elder Rollins- 
has heretofore been a good pastor and faithful laborer in the ministra- 
tion of the Word. May he still be spared to render yet more acceptable 
.service in the- cause of the Master, and have awarded him yet many 
more, seals to his ministry. He is at present a member, we believe, 
of Concord church, Rutherford county, N. C, and the pastor thereof. " 

Elder Daniel Brown is mentioned as pastor of Mountain Creek in 
"Rise and Progress/' as given elsewhere; but we are not inclined to the 
opinion that he was ever pastor of the church. The only mention made 
of him at any time was Nov. 7, 1812, and is as follows : "Daniel Brown 
presented a letter to the church, and after reading the letter received him 
and immediately put him to work in the ministry." On the 8th "Re- 
ceived Elizabeth Brown by letter" (supposed to be his wife}. It is true 



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that Mountain Creek had no pastor at the time", but does the above, and 
nothing; more, constitute sufficient evidence of Bro. Brown's pastorate ? 
•I can find no further record of him here or elsewhere. I do not reckon 
hfm among the pastors, but in this I may be mistaken. 
-■ ELDER Dove Bunnell served Mountain Creek as the tenth pastor 
during the year 1854. 'He was paster of Wall's church, then of. Green 
River Association in 1846-47-48-49-50-51:, of. Holly Springs 1854, and "of 
Bill's Creek in I850-56. He was a native, of South Carolina and moved 
within the bounds of Broad River Association about the year IS3I, and 
joined the High Shoals ;\date of birth unknown to the writer. During 
the time he lived in Rutherford county he acted as a civil magistrate, 
and having joined the Baptist church he was licensed by High Shoals 
church to preach the gospel, aud in 1 S44 was ordained to the full work 
of the gospel ministry by Elders j. M. Webb- and S". G. Hamilton. He 
was chosen pastor of Bethel church, and in IS5I he was a member of the 
convention that organized the-. r King's Mountain Association, \ and 
preached the introductory sermon before that body fro nr the words. 'The 
hour has come. ' Elder Pannell having identified himself withjthe Kings i 
Mountain body, was at severaltimes subsequently chosen to preside as 
Moderator over-the deliberations of the bod}', and at the session of I852 
. he was appointed to write a circular letter on the subject of Election. * 
~* .. * -K- ^ t t fr e session of the Association in i860 a division of the Asso- 
ciation took place on the subject of Temperance, and Elder Pannell be- 
came the most prominent in leadership in the secession movement. A 
new body or Association was organized the same year, and continued to 
hold- annual sessions until in 1S66, a reconciliation was effected by mutual 
, concession and ever since the rival parties have been acting together in 
harmony. Elder Pannell. after laboring faithfully many years in the 
ministry, under great disadvantages by reason of the lack of early educa- 
tional training, died at his home on the- 26th of March, 1S81, in the exer- 
cise of the gospel faith he had so earnestly preached. The Association at 
its session the*same year noticed his demise on the face of the Minutest 
substantially as above stated. He was a well-meaning, pious Christian 
minister, and doubtless is now realizing in full fruition the reward laid, 
up for the finally faithful."— Hist. Kings Mt. and Br. River-Associations. 
His letter on the doctrine, of Election in 1853 is published in full in the 
above: work, and, was at that time of peculiar interest,, as the Union 
Association was formed in 1848 upon v a. repudiating clause of this doc- 
trine as given elsewhere. 

Elder B. R. Doggett, the eleventh pastor of Mountain Creek, served 
the church only for the year 1:355. He made his first appearance in the 
Green River Association as a delegate from Sulphur Springs church in 
1853; again in rS54 as a delegate and ordained -minister: as* pastor of. 
Mountain Creek, church in 1S55; and as a delegate and ordained minister 
from Sulphur Springs at the session of iS56. He removed in IS56 or IS07 
to- Madison county, where we are told he commenced the practice of 
medicine by the use of herbs. Soon after his removal to Madison he 
attached himself to Spring Creek Baptist church,, from, which he was 
afterward excluded for heterodoxy. : He afterward returned to Ruther- 
ford county, and after preaching the doctrines of the, Universalist church 
to such cougregatinns as he could gather for a- time, finally became ah 
infidel- Then^to evade the laws of his State for supposed complicity in- 
the murder of Lafayette Hamrick, which occurred at or near a grocery 
kept by Doggett at that time, and possibly for violations of the-intemal , 
revenue laws of the United States, he tied to Spartanburg county, S% C, 
where he died in.. 1S82 or 1S83. It is gratifying to 'learn that Doggett 
expressed. satisfaction atrthe thought that he had,, he believed,, made no 
converts to the religion which he professed and preached daring his last 
years. We also hope that God in much mercy kindly forgave whatever 
may have been wrong in, his life before his death; and that he rests 
among the redeemed in the better land. In his personal appearance it 
is said he was' by no means prepossessing. He was of medium, height, 
very muscular; weighing- about 1S0 pounds. His eyes were very small 
and were covered by prominent, shaggy brows, which forced him to>- 
throw his head well back while speaking to bring his audience plainly 



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^ardea as 
fair speaker. 

Elder William Harrill, the twelfth in the line of succession- was 
-pastor of .Mountain Creek church for the years 1856-07-58-59, and again 
.in 1S62-63. He was born on Beaver Dam Creek, then Rutherford but 
now Cleveland county. N. C, Oct. rst, 1804. His education'' was limited 
to the common schools. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Bennick, 
peb. 17, T824, when only a little over 19 years of age, by whom be reared 
nine children to the age of manhood and womanhood. Of these Martin 
J. Harrill was for many years clerk of Cool Spring church, and for sev- 
eral years coroner of Rutherford county; and Elder H. D- Harrill, who 
. w-as tor four years pastor. of Mountain Creek -church. (See elsewhere.^ 
He joined the church at Concord in IS39, where he r was licensed to 
-preach, TS40,. and ordained to the full' gospel ministry Jan. 11, 1845, by a. 
■ presbytery consisting of Elders James M. Webb and Alanson Padgett, 
'assisted byfourteen deacons^ He first apoeared in the Green River As- 
sociation as a delegate and licentiate* at the session of 1844. from Concord 
church, and as an ordained minister iii_ 1843-46- In 1849. he is reported 
■. as pastor of Concord, Sulphur Springs "ami Cool Springs churches; It 
'-seems : that his membership was transferred from' Concord to Bethel 
'"^church, the latter belonging to the King's Mountain, which transferred 
him to that body which he attended in I847 and probably 1848. He was 
pastor of Bethel at that time. Again his membership was transferred to 
-Cool Springs-, of .which he became pastor in 1S49, an d where, his mem- 
.sbership remained up to his death in 1886. He then became permanently, 
identified with the Green River Association, and though he never oecu- 
' pied any official position in this body, he- justly ranked among her busi- 
";est and most successful pastors. Of her churches he supplied Wall's, 
"" Ebenezer, Sulphnr Springs, Green's Creek. Shiloh, Pleasant Hill, Mount 
Pleasant, Bill's Creek. Rock Spring, Cane Creek and Mountain Creek, 

- besides Sandy Springs, Boiling Springs, Bethel, and possibly others of 
*the Kings Mountain Association. He served on many important com- 
mittees of the Green River, and was often sent as a messenger to other 
Associations. As a revivalist -he was among the first of his day. A com- - 
mon man himself, he knew just how to reach common men. As an evi- 
dence of his success in this particular sphere, we extract from an old 

I memorandum, found in his possession after his death, and written in his 
I own hand the following : "As-I feel that I am not going to live long, I 
! leave this to show how many persons I ha\e baptized. The number is 
'- 1,360." His son, Elder H. D. Harrill, believes this entry only refers to 
' his work in the Green River. If this opinion is correct, and his success 
£~was anything like so phenomenal in the Broad River, it is safe to assume 
? that he baptizod not less. tham_ fifteen or sixteen . hundred persons. Of 
..-.the above sixty-eight were baptized, at Mountain Creek in 1857 and 1S58, 
He gave up the pastorate of Mount Pleasant, the last church he ever sup- 
plied in IS75, 6u account of declining. health, but immediately took 
^charge as superintendent of the Sunday school at Cool Springs, his home 
■'church, which position he continued to i ill up to and" including, the last 
1 Sunday he was permitted to live on earth. The next Sabbath, March 15, 
: 1SS6, he was a corpse. During his last illness he was never confined to 
"his bed a single day; hut, thougbrable to walk aboutthe house, he had a 
■ premonition of his demise^ in which he was not mistaken, and so strik- 
I mgly correct as to cause much surprise. On Thursday before his death 

- qn Saturday, he sent for his son. Elder H. D. Harrill, who lived' near by, 
[ and with whom, when he had come, he said he wished to make a settle- 
ment, as he would not be alive on his i^the son's 1 return from a church 
of which he was pastor on Sunday. At this interview he gave directions 
concerning his funeral, selected the hymn to be used, "Amazing grace,"' 
&c, named Elder C. 3. Justice to conduct the services, and even went so 
far as to direct that a plain slab, giving date of birth and death, and 
bearing the simple inscription, "A Sinner Saved by Grace," should be- 
placed at his grave. It is needless to say that loving hands have fully 

S complied with all his wishes. On the return of Elder H. D. Harrell from 
Pleasant-Hill on Sunday, his father was no more. He had quietly crossed 
over the river the evening before, Saturday. March I4, lS86v.at. the age 



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of Si years, 6 months and 13 days. He was buried at Cool Spring church, 
where the simple slab that marks his resting place may be seen as a con- 
stant sentinel to the remains of one of the purest and best men that ever 
lived. He was very unpretentious in his- habits, dressed plairriy, was a 
• little below medium height and rather stooped; weight about 160 pounds. 
He was blind in one eye, which seemingly gave to the other a verypecu- 
. liar lustre. 
- Elder Joseph C. GRAYSOX^the thirteenth pastor of Mountain Creek 
church, served here only two years — 1860-61. So much has been said of 
him that our remarks can only be preliminary to what has been said 
heretofore. While Elder Webb was the "father, 5 -' Elder Grayson may 
: be regarded as the "stay" of the Green River Association; for God blessed 
the latter with many years of usefulness after the former had ceased to 
be. He began his career as clerk in 184I, and died as Moderator in i8<?4./ 
His history is the history of the Association-. After forty^one years con- 1 
nection with this body, the Minutes show that he was clerk four years; 
that he preached seven introductory sermons, and was absent on one 
occasion when he had been appointed; that he wrote nine of the circular 
letters, and was excused once on account of sickness, when only thirty- 
six were ever written, the custom being discontinued several years before 
his death; and that he was Moderator 24 years. Deacon John R. Logan, 
author of History of Broad River and Kings Mfc, Association, has this to . 
say of Elder Grayson : "Grayson, Elder Joseph C, was born June 13th, \ 
I804; "was baptized into the fellowship of Head of First Broad Baptist 
church by Elder JohnTadgett, March 20, 1825. About a year afterward 
he was appointed deacon, which office he tilled till 1828, when he began 
to preach. Shortly after his health failed; for more than a year he was 
not able to travel, and preached but little in two years; his "health then 
improved, and he exercised his gift in the church and neighboring 
churches till the 3th of Sept. 183I, when he was ordained to the ministry 
by a presbytery, viz : Elders Drury Dobbins, John Padgett and Alfred 
Webb. At the next church meeting they called him to take the pastoral 
care of the church. He served them twelve years in- succession, and 
declined a further call. One of those years he baptized fifty-seven per- 
sons. He then took a letter of dismission and united, with others in the 
constitution of afnew church at Harmony Grove, which he served as pas- 
tor for several years. In 184! Cane Creek church was constituted under 
his labors, and he was called to serve it several years. In 1857 Dysarts- 
ville church was constituted under his labors also, and he served them 
several years. At different times he supplied the churches at Bill's 
Creek r Mountain Creek, Round Hill, Crooked Creek, Mt. Vernon, Mt. 
Zion and Bethel, the last named 35 years. -When he joined the church 
at Head of First Broad it belonged to the Broad River Association, and 
was chosen a lay delegate in i826 to the Association- which convened 
that year at Macedonia church. The church to- which he belonged sA 
short time afterward was lettered from the Broad' River "to assist in the j 
organization of the Catawba River Association in i828 ! . The Green River , 
was subsequently organized in 1841, the Harmony Grove church to which 
he then belonged took a letter from the Catawba and joined the Green I 
River. He is now a member of Dysartsville church of the Green River 
^Association. He was- clerk of the Catawba Association: many years, and 
Moderator four or five years. He-was clerk of the Green River Associa- 
tion ftve years and Moderator twenty years. His manner of preaching 
is mostly doctrinal; to feed the church of God. He is now in the; 78th 
year of his age,, having been an ordained minister 52 years;' he is now 
supplying three churches, to-wit : Bethel, Head First Broad and Bun- 
ker Hill. "Elder Grayson: is recognized as being one of the best of men 
— always engaged, endeavoring to roll on the wheels of Zion by giving 
aid and encouragement to all the different enterprises now on foot for 
the spread of the gospel; he has written several circular letters addressed 
to the churches on important subjects worthy of preservation. * * * 
On 2,5th of January, I827, he married Miss Eliza R. Wilson, an amiable, 
Christian lady, with whom he lived in tender affection near 30 years and 
reared an interesting family. She died Dec. 31, 1856. In I872 (then in 



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his 68th year) he married Eliza Rodrick, with, whom he is traveling the 
journey of life at the present time. To use his own language, copied 
from one of his letters, "his opportunities of an education were very lim- 
ited; he never saw a boolc on English grammar till after he was married. 
After his- wife had two children he boarded out ten miles from home and 
went to a grammar school. The most of his education was obtained from 
books by pine light, when the most of people were asleep." And yet 
Elder Grayson was a well educated man. The above was written and 
published in tSS2. Two years later the Committee on Obituaries sub- 
mitted the following at the session of Green River Association in 1884 : 
"Report on Obituary. — Elder Joseph C. Grayson, born June 13th, I804; 
joined Baptist church at Head of First Broad in year I825; was ordained 
to the ministry in Sept. 1S31, by a presbytery consisting of Elders Webb, 

.Dobbins and Padgett, which met with the church at Head First Broad, 

• from which time till his death he was connected with various churches 
in .this and other Associations as pastor. At the organization of the Asso- 
ciation in I84I he was elected clerk, and during its history he has served. 
as clerk of the body four years, and. as Moderator twenty-one years. As 
pastor he baptized into fellowship of the churches of this Association 46I 
members. As- a man he was kind, courteous and accommodating; as a 
father indulgent, kind and yet strict in the exercise of family discipline; 
as a pas-orhe was faithful and zealous. His preaching was expository 
rather than otherwise; his counsel and advice safe and reliable. Your 
committee would not claim that he was perfect, because all men have 
more or less, imperfections;, .but perhaps Bro. Grayson had as few imper- 
fections as any man connected with this Association. His death occurred 
April 26, I884. While his health had been feeble for several months,, yet 
death called suddenly for him and at the close of the day his spirit passed 
itk triumph to the final home of the redeemed. We would tender to his- 
churches our sincere sympathy in their great loss, and to his family our 
heartfelt expressions with them in this the saddest of all thei4 bereave- 
ments. Praying the God of the fatherless and the widow to vouchsafe 
unto them that watchcare and those blessings which will more than com- 
pensate for all earthly loss- C. B. Justice, H. Portrum,. committee." 
Bro- Grayson, represented McDowell county one year in the Legislature; 
was little below medium height; weight about I50 pounds; had. always a 
clean, shaven face and a benign countenance; was industrious and studi- 
ous in his habits. 

Elder. Washington- Haynes, the fourteenth pastor of- Mountain 
Creek, served this church as associate pastor to Elder Wm. HarrilL in 
1863, and as pastor in I864. He joined the church here Aug. 1857, where 
he was. first licensed; to preach August, . 1858, and ordained to the full 
work, of the gospel ministry Sepb I862, by a presbytery composed of 
Elders Wm.,Harrill,vT„ B.. Justice and C. B. Justice, assisted by the dea- 
cons of this church. . He is a native of this county and, married Ann., 
Eliza, daughter of Eider J. C. Grayson, sometime during; the war;.'.. She- 
died about the close of hostilities,, leaving an only daughter, Minnie,, who 
grew into lovely womanhood and died at Rutherfordton. about two years, 
ago. He again married a widow lady, Mrs. Osborne, a daughter ofElder- 
Thos.. Stradley, in Hayw^ood county, with whom. he is- still Irving; Bro.; 
Haynes was a delegate to the Association every year from his connection, 
with, this church until, he removed to Hay wood. in 1867 or. '68, During 

' those years he served on the committees of correspondence^ temperance,, 
and others, and was. sent frequently as a messenger to the Broad River, - 
Salem, and Kings Mountain Associations, and was a delegate to the 
Western Baptist Convention in 1S65. He was also pastor ot Round Hill 
church in 1865-66.. Since his removal to Haywood we have lost sight of 
him, but presume he is still engaged in the Master's work.. He is now 
and has been for some years a resident of Buncombe county, N. C. 

Elder Wm. Habrill Logan, the fifteenth in the line of pastors, and 
who served this church from i860 to 18.70 inclusive,, was born in Ruther- 
ford county, N. C.,. Jan. 18, 1825. His educational- advantages were lim- 
ited to the common schools; but being of an observing and studious 

'■ nature be has become reasonably proficient in the English language, 
both as. a speaker and writer. He was first married to Miss Rachel E. 



74 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIA TION. 

' Morris, of McDowell county, in 1852, by whom he had born to him three 
children — two boys and a girl. These are all married and living. His 
first wife died in I860, and he was married a second time to a widow, Mrs 
Mary Bagwell, at Bill's Creek church, by Elder T. B. Justice in 186i„ He 
joined Bills Creek church by experience November I846. There he was 
" ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry in i85S by a presbytery 
■ composed of Elders Wm. Harrill, A. J. Cansler and Alanson Padgett. He 
took charge of this church as pastor the next year, and continued his 
.relations here as pastor until 1889, 30 years, when he was forced to give 
up active ministerial labor on account of declining health, much to the 
regret of those who had listened to his ministrations for the average life 
of a generation. In addition to this continued pastorate he has supplied 
at different periods the following churches : Cooper's Gap, Pleasant Hill, 
Mountain Creek. Mt. Vernon, Montford's Cove, Bethel, Bethlehem, Cane- 
Creek, Broad River, Silver Creek, Chimney Rock, Stone, Mountain, 
Piney Knob and Columbus. He was clerk of the Association in 1862, 
1 865 ."and 186S; preached the introductory sermon before the body in 1868- ; 
and was Moderator in I887-88. His success as a minister has been very 
marked. It is estimated that during his ministry he has baptized into 
the fellowship of the several churches of which he has had charge not 
less than fifteen hundred persons, or about one-third' as many members 
as now compose the Association — a record larger with possibly one excep- 
tion (that of Elder Wm. Harrill) than any minister of this Association, 
living or dead, can show. In addition to his pastoral work he yielded to 
the overwhelming popular demand of the people of his native county in 
1868, and was elected to the Convention of North Carolina, which gave 
the State the first constitution after the close of the war- As a compan- 
ion Bro. Logan has always been affable and. pleasant; as a preacher ear- 
nest, plain and fearless. The smart Alecks and Dolly Vardens of his 
congregations soon learned that when in his presence they must either 
demean themselves properly or submit to rebukes that would almost 
make the devils, themselves quail. One, and we believe the principal 
element of his success lay in the complete mastery he exercised over his 
audiences. The people were afraid to do wrong in his presence. In Dec 
1889, he gave up all his charges by the advice of his physician, who told 
him that he must either quit active ministerial work or die. This course 
at.first seemed to.be too much for him, but he was obliged to succumb to 
the inevitable, and his life work, which has been alike honorable to him- 
self and especially advantageous to the church, seemsr now to be forever 
closed.' We join his many friends in extending to him our sympathy in 
suffering, and indulge the hope that his life may be prolonged many 
years to his family, and his advice to the chiirches which he has so long 
and so faithfully served. 

Elder Carr Bayxus Justice, the sixteenth pastor of Mountain Creek . 
is the eldest son of Elder T. B. and Harriet Justice, and was born in Hen- 
derson county, Nov. 4, 1S36. He was pastor of this church from I871 to 
i882 inclusive. In addition to his common school education, he attended- 
Rutherfordtou Male Academy for some years under the tuition of Prof. - 
Chas. H. Chapin, Lafayette T witty and jas. 0'Hanlon r wnerehe obtained. 
a good English education.- He was married at the age of twenty, I856, to 
Miss Eliza A.^Higgins, of McDowell county, by whom he has had born 
to him eleven children. Four of these are dead, the eldest son having 
died very .recently. He joined the church at Providence, then of the 
Union Association in iSoi or '52, and was for a time clerk of that church. 
By the union of this church with Mountain Creek he became a member 
of the latter May 1857., but was dismissed by letter in Jury following, and 
soon thereafter joined the church at Rutherfordton. Later we believe he 
became a member of Montford's Cove church, but after a short time 
returned again to Rutherfordton, where his membership now is. He com- 
menced the active work of the ministry in 1859 without the usual form 
of license, believing as he did that there was no scriptural authority for 
the practice. He was ordained at. Rutherfordton by a presbytery com- 
posed of Elders Wm. Harrill. W. H. Logan and T. B. Justice, May 17, 
1862. ■ "During his ministry he has exercised the pastorate of Smyrna 
church in the Catawba River Association, Libertv of the Union, besides 



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Bethlehem, Mt. Cannel (now extinct), Harmony Grove DySartsvule, 
Round Hill, Montford's Cove, Pleasant Hill, bool bpnng, Floyd s Cree^ 
Columbus, Marion and Eutherfordton, of Green River Association. Ot 
the Tatter bodv he was clerk in 1S66-67-69-70-71-72-73 and 7 5, and belore 
which he preached the introductory sermon at the sessions 1673,.. .75, 31, 
S8T5 '84 and 'So; and quite a number of the Associational missionary ser- 

• mens The subject of Missions is the one ruling thought of dns mind. 
Take this away and Elder Justice I verily believe, would quit the minis- 
trv It is in all his sermons,' in all his hymns, in all nis prayers, m all 
his thoughts. The proudest recollection of all. the acts of his life is that 
he baptised in the fellowship of Floyd's Creek church Elder Geo P. Bos- 
tick now a missionary- in China. For his zeal m this particular line he 

• was honored some eight or ten years ago by tlie Baptist state Convention 
"to a position on the Foreign Mission Board, which he has held uninter- 
ruptedly ever since. He generally attends the Baptist State Convention, 
no mat+er what the sacrifice, and its next meeting at bhelby is largely 

: : due to his wise co-operation. He is an earnest and zealous worker in his 
-Master's service,, and is regarded by ail as being, arnongrthe wisest and 
■ablest ministers of the Green River Association. Being yet in the prime 

of life,, we are justified in the hope that there remains to him many 

coming vears of usefulness to his church. 

Elder H D. Harriix, the seventeenth of the Mountain Creek pas- 
tors was a son of Elder Win. Harreil. and was born m Rutherford Co., 
m C \u<r ^o 1S42. In addition to his common school advantages, ne 
^tended Oak Grove Academv for some time. He volunteered in. the 
becrinnin- of the war and was' attached to the 16th N. C . Regt. and went 
I through four vears of the most sanguinary part of the struggle. To per- 
sons having anv knowledge of this part of oar country's, history no 
- higher honor can be conferred on anv man's patriotism than to say mat - 
: he°belonged to the 16th 8g C. Regiment. Returning to his home alter 
this unfortunate episode with nothing save his character as a patriot he 
ioined the church at Cool Spring in Aug. I865. . Not quite a year later 
he was married to Miss Martha B. King, April 22d, i866 r by whom he 

■ became the father of seven children, four only of whom (two .boys and 
two <nrls) are now living. He was licensed to preach,' at Cool Spring 
March 25, 1S70, and ordained Feb. 17. 1872; has served;- as pastor Cane 

: Creek Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Vernon, Mt Zion, Wails, Floyd s Creek, Cool 
Spring, Pleasant Hill, Pinev Knob, Montford's Cove. He is now preaching 
to five churches, Bethlehem, Camp Creek, Dysartsville, Round Hill and 

. Pleasant Grove, and has baptized to date 805. persons. He was nrsta 
delegate to the Association from Cool Spring church in 1870, and again 
in 1S71 when he is marked as a licentiate. In 1872 he was put on the 
committee on temperance. The report is given to show the sentiment 

E of the Association on this subject at that time. "We believe the ^akmg 
or usm<* as a beverage of ardent spirits to be unscriptural and sinful and. 

i would advise the churches composing this Association to discontinue it 
in all its forms. Ministers should preach against it, showing trie .evil 

I results that invariably follow a. course of- intemperance. - ; , No minister 
should be called to the pastorate of a church unless he is an advocateot 
the principles of temnerance in their stringent sense Nor should a^mm-- 

i ister continue with a "church as her pastor after having faithfully labored 

"-■by precept and example to enforce the principles of temperance, and 
■ failed A oreat deal of the intemperance now prevalent in the country 

■ mi^ht have been avoided had the ministry been as faithful m rebuking; 
I theevit as God's Word requires them to be. J. W". Morgan,, chairman, | 

He was appointed on the Board of Missions in 1873, and was made treas- 
urer, which position he held until 1882. At this session the entire board 
was changed- he was again put on the board in 1S86, and at last session 
1889- he was appointed a delegate to the Baptist State Convention in 
i ' 1S74; he was clerk of the Association in I874 and '76, and preached the 
' introductory sermons at sessions of 187S and 1886. A difficulty- arose 
between Elder Harrill and one of the members of Cool Springs chnrch. 
- in 1887, with which the Association had something to do m 1SS8. Tms 
was settled bv a committee in November of that year. Bro. Harnli. is 



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SOME ADDITIONAL FACTS AND REFLECTIONS^ 

THE UNION ASSOCIATION, 

This body, notwithstanding the fact that it was guilty of some irregu- 
larities in the reception of members, is entitled to the credit of being in 
advance of the Green River in Missionary enterprises. During the nine 
years of its existence it never ceased tr* foster this- department of Chris- 
tian w r ork. Elder T. B. Justice, who it will be remembered carried off", 
thirty-four of the members of Mountain Creek in August 18I9 to join his ; 
new organization, has the credit of introducing the first Missionary res- 
olution, before the separation in the Green River at the session of '3S45; 
and Elder James Blythe, Who was regarded- as the father of the new- 
Association, had been removed by the Green River by being chosen to 
preach the first Associational Missionary sermon in 1846. All houu>r to 
these consecrated fathers in the ministry, both of whom are still String, 
for inaugurating among us the one issue of all issues the greatest — that 
of sending the gospel to heathen lands. 

Providence Church, the "renting" branch of Mountain Creek, was 
supplied from its organization in "1850 till 1857 by Elders T. B. Jautiee 
and h. M. Berry. The clerks were C. B. Justice, Wm. Johnson and ft D. 
Walker. This church was annually represented during its existeia^e in 
the Fnion Association. 



punctual to a fault; whatever his other faults may be, he is always at his - 
appointments; he is an earnest, faithful and zealous minister, ami from 
the record he has made in the past, it is safe to predict that he win be a 
worthy successor to his sainted father, who was universally beloved bv 
all with whom he ever came in contact. 

Elder Tobias Bright, the eighteenth and present pastor of Moun- 
tain Creek church, was first called to the pastorate in 1888, since which - I 
ttme he has continuously served the church until the present, and has. 
been called and accepted the work for the coming year, 1891. He was 
born in Spartanburg county, S. C, Nov. 3, I845; his father removed to J 
Madison county, N. C, in rS.54. Prior to his marriage to Miss Omthia I 
E. Case, of Buncorne county, May 23, i860, his education was suc!i oulv 
as he could obtain in the common schools of the country,, and his wife \ 
taught him his first lessons in English grammar. His first wife died at } 
Marshall, Madison county, N. C, in l87J5> and he was again married to 
; Miss E: J. Hampton, of Buncombe, May 3d, 1878; he joined Mt. Pleasant 
church, Madison county,, in IS62, where he was first licensed to preach in j 
1868; he afterward became a member of Fork of Sandy Mush ciurch, 
where he was ordarhed in 187I; he supplied the following enureses at J 
different periods, west of the Blue Ridge : Mt. Pleasant, Piney Grove, - 
Spring Creek, Turkey Creek, Ebenezer, New Found. Bethel, Zion Hill,, 
Pleasant Grove, Burnt Creek, Avery's Creek, Mill's River, Little River, 
■ and Green Mountain. Besides these he did Missionary work for the New 

Found Association three or four years, and revival work in porrimis of \ 

I Tennessee and in Clay county, Ky. A short time after his second inar- 
E riage the deficiency in his education became so painfully apparent to him i 
E that he removed with his wife and six children to Hendersonville. N. C, 
I and entered school at Judson College as a classmate of his, own girls.. 
p*He continued here in school one year and three months, when he ' 
£. -.accepted the agency of the Board of Educatioivof Western Baptist Con- 
vention. After one year's labor among the churches in the interest of 
.Judson College, he removed to Polk county and accepted the pastorate 
I of White Oak. Silver Creek and Rock Spring churches in 1883; he re- 
I moved to Forest City some two or three years ago, where he still resides. 
£* . His present field is Mountain Creek, High Shoals, Henrietta and Waco 
I churches. He wa% Moderator of the Association at its session at Round 
Hill in I884. Although Bro. Bright has been identified with the Green 
^- River Association for only a comparatively short time, he has already 
I won the character of a busy and zealous worker in his chosen profession. 
E As a pjastor he puts himself very often to great inconvenience to visit the 
poor, the aged, and the sick of his churches. As a. preacher he ranks 
among the'best, and as a revivalist he is superior to many. 



9REEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



Th e doctrines of election and ^^ft^S^^ *e 

differences have been, we hope setuea ,o -11 _v t]je 
Baptist churches are concerned The_behef o ^ P r ^ d har \nonize 
one hand and of free grace upon the other can only oe 
by the candid admission tha ^ wav s re not man, y^ _ ^ 

j^SS^wtoJ!n^^^™<^ K »-" sbaU be fully 

^perlnce is one of the unsolved probienas that is stili vexing the 

far and no farther" line is the point to which all ,rue chur cties^ mw 
?o This point has not been fully denned and ag*ee* ^^^^ed 

Mountain Creek it was not thought proper tor any amch memDer u, 

aft persons exercising any functions ot, office connected uathie a zm 
the liquor traffic, and disallows its members to «£W^™^£^ 

*£&££ ffThe Ctoch is right the Government is wrong. ^«j~Jg 
a rmel ion of citizenship. We are either component parts of a thuich 
ttie obiecrs o which are spiritual, or subjects of a Government the obj acts 

ofwhi c h l£ » mS 7 God give u? ™*>-. -* e ^f s,andms t0 

fnllv do our dutv and to settle soon and forever this question. 

Open Co^mmunions another issue that all true Baptist churches wd 
soonbe calTed upon to settle. The Northern churches are already engaged 
?n this fi^ht and the Southern churches must soon meet it. Kev. Shanes 
H Snur^on than whom no greater divine is now living, is an open 
"mmun!on?st The adoption of this creed will invalidate the great 
hallmark ot our distinctive principles-baptism by immerston-and 

aC SFssi°otarron e arup V ;ard tendency and will continue to grow. lathis 
we carry a long-suppressed truth to the iront— - 

"Truth crushed to earth "will rise again, 

For the eternal years are hers ; 
While Error wounded writhes in pain, . 

And dies amid her worshipers."